The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Character Analysis Betsy

Betsy is the Ladies' Day girl from the Midwest. She is truly innocent and sweet and has none of the cynicism of the southern Doreen or the New Englander Esther. She becomes a photographic model for the magazine and is portrayed as being healthy and cheerful. Doreen calls Betsy "Pollyanna Cowgirl." As a character, Betsy seems well brought-up, bright, and someone who will work hard enough to succeed and get what she wants. But Betsy is protected from seeing society and the world for what they are. Either she is not as smart as Esther, or she has psychological blindfolds on, or her cultural background prevents her from being critical. We do not know what happens to Betsy either, but she seems headed for the Miss America contest and a life of selling wholesome American products.

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