The Bell Jar

summary of Mrs. Greenwood


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Esther's mother is well-intentioned and hard-working, striving to provide for her children after Esther's father died without any life insurance. However, she gains Esther's scorn because of the lack of attention she provides her daughter as well as the often obtuse comments that she makes to Esther concerning her mental illness, which show that she is more concerned about the social ramifications of Esther's stay in the hospital than the actual state of her daughter's health.