Everyone must endure the stages and misfortunes of adulthood. Young adult’s, are faced with many diverse opportunities, ranging from careers, education, and self-identity. Many of these values are too difficult to understand or accomplish for one who has not had enough life-experiences. When a burden such as society’s standards is placed upon the adolescent, mental illness may also affect how the young adult functions. These authors advise the audience without proper social engagement, one may not be able to prosper to a full extent. Influential novels such as “The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, “Speaking of Sadness by David Karp”, and film “A Beautiful Mind by director Ron Howard” all analyse the unfortunate period of mental illness, and how social supporting factors, present or absent, influence one’s ability to overcome hardships in these young years.Novel, “The Bell Jar,” by Sylvia Plath is capable of being used as a negative example in relation to mental illness. Esther Greenwood in The Bell Jar, is Sylvia Plath’s own recreation or representation of herself, prior to her unfortunate death. The novel is based on the decline of young, nineteen year old College student, Esther Greenwood. Esther is faced with many conflicts even from the beginning of her childhood. Her father passed away at the very young age of nine, and her mother was not very pleased with her passion for poetry and other creative elements of writing. Throughout the novel, a reader such as ourselves can understand Esther’s personal situation as these hardships are occurring at such a young age, impossible for one to bare, or even understand. One important factor to take note, is friends. Friends in the novel play an important role, as they ultimately shape the character of Esther. In any instance, the surroundings one is surrounded by effect values and other character traits. Accordingly, from this information, a main argument is constructed. Author Sylvia Plath in “The Bell Jar” creates an effort to illustrate the adverse effects of absent social relations, on fragile, unaccustomed young adolescent growth in society. This aspect is evident in Esther. Understanding the importance of reality, the novel provides insight of an actual negative consequence of personality. Author Sylvia Plath was in the same predicament as her fictionalized character, proving that many young people undergo the same circumstances. Esther’s own character, was shaped by her “friends” Doreen, and Betsy, two very different identities. Doreen lives a very different lifestyle, a more elegant life than Esther. Doreen spends ample time with Esther, trying to change Esther’s taste into more materialistic items. Doreen favors Esther into items such as such as lavish clothes, lifestyles, and satisfaction towards men. Friend Betsy on the other hand, has entirely different contrasting values. Betsy’s personality is very giving and caring. One major difference in comparison is that Betsy has not been faced with the harsh reality of the real world.