Day 3

The Bell Jar Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Who is Constantin, and what is his role in the novel?

    Constantin is the simultaneous interpreter who works at the UN. Buddy's mother arranged for their meeting. He is one of the first "real men" Esther meets, whom she considers allowing to seduce her. He treats her kindly but is only interested in making a professional connection.

  2. 2

    Who is Eric? How does he compare to Constantin or Buddy?

    Eric is a college boy who is in love with his cousin and vows to see prostitutes before he has sex with his wife. He presents a perverted idea of sex and sexuality that is thematic to the novel. He contrasts with Buddy, Esther's college boyfriend who is more interested in...

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