“Cliff says Sylvia Plath's work is very depressing to read, and that his own daughter had recently suffered through The Bell Jar because she is taking an American literature course at Eastern High School.
"And you didn't complain to administration?" I asked.
"About your daughter being forced to read such depressing stories."
"No. Of course not. Why would I?"
"Because the novel teaches kids to be pessimistic. No hope at the end, no silver lining. Teenagers should be taught that--"
"Life is hard, Pat, and children have to be told how hard life can be."
"So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one's mind.”
The Silver Linings Playbook