The Bell Jar is a semi-autobiographical novel; the protagonist is named Esther Greenwood, not Sylvia Plath. What is the difference between fiction, biography, and autobiography? How does the genre impact the reader's expectations?
A biography is a factual account of a person's life, and Plath is writing about her than just her life. An autobiography is a personal account, and while Plath journalled extensively, she did not offer those writings for publication. The reader might understand that a biography or an autobiography has less "wiggle-room" and adheres more uniformly with historical events. The writer's perspective differs, of course, between biography and...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1055 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 8241 literature essays, 2284 sample college application essays, 359 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.