Depression is not only caused by the self induced emotional state of a person. It can also be forced onto someone by external forces that influence depression. These events can sway a person into their depression, and with nothing or no one to catch them when they fall, they could keep going down deeper. The novel The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath, portrays ways that depression was pushed onto the main character, Esther. People that had once been there for her were not there for her during her fall. Her career choice had been destroyed and she had nothing to work for. Esther was thrown into a depression from many negative events and people that she had no control over, and she had no help to stop or prevent this from happening.
Buddy Willard was a person in Esther’s life that had negative influence on her and caused her to plunge into her depression. He had taken Esther out to teach her how to ski, which she had never done before. He began to teach her the basics of skiing and how to get down small hills. She had just barely learned how to ski straight down and he wanted her to go up a large hill and ski down it. He had told her to only go half way up, but she went all the way up because she could not bring herself to get off of the rope accelerating her up the hill. Since she only knew how to ski down straight, she went down the only way she knew how.
I plummeted down past the zigzaggers, the students, the experts, through year after year of doubleness and smiles and compromise, into my own past… My teeth crunched a gravelly mouthful. Ice water seeped down my throat… ‘You were doing fine,’ a familiar voice informed my ear, ‘until that man stepped into your path.’... ‘I’m going up,’... A queer, satisfied expression came over Buddy’s face. ‘No, you’re not,’ he repeated with a final smile. ‘ Your leg’s broken in two places. You’ll be stuck in a cast for months’ (97-98).
It had been Buddy’s plan all along to injure her in some way so she would be disabled, similar to how he was not at his peak health. He sent her up a hill he knew she would not be able to keep control on. When she had come down near him, he stepped in front of her path in order to cause her to wipeout. He was a somewhat trusted friend of hers and he had betrayed the trust and respect that she still had for him. Also, he was a good friend from her childhood, and with this incident made it hard for her to trust people. She felt like a fool and an idiot for trusting him so blindly and not standing up for herself. This moment still lingered on in her memory and emotional scarred her, which pushed her closer toward the road of depression. This was not the only time that Buddy had betrayed her trust of him with negative effects. Esther had began to date on of her childhood friends, who was Buddy Willard. She thought he might finally be right for her and she could use him to raise her reputation and popularity so that the other women around her in college would show some more respect...