Corruption In Ernest Hemingway's The Yellow Wallpaper

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For centuries it was perceived that the man was the head of his home and his family were to obey his rules and regulations. This gave them complete control over the actions and activities his family performed. Anything unusual or any kind of change would be addressed and disciplined as seen fit. But what happens when something uncontrollable happens that disturbs the peaceful serenity that a family normally sees? It is apparent that John begins to lose control over his wife the moment they set sights on the summer home, as she describes the colonial mansion to have "something queer about it" (208). The exterior of the home is very lavish and beautiful, containing a garden that awes the narrator. However, the interior is quite different. The strangeness of their upstairs bedroom, which includes bars over the windows, a gate in front of the stairwell, and an atrocious, peeling yellow wallpaper, gives the home an abandoned feel. The narrator becomes fascinated by the yellow wallpaper and spends most of the passage describing how it bothered her very much so. There is also the fact that the bedroom is indeed a nursery, but with a rather large heavy bed. The fact that John is the …show more content…

She is still seeing the woman behind it, and even sees her in various other places around the room. During her last night of sleeping in the house, she becomes very determined to rip off the wallpaper to expose the woman from her hiding place. The narrator goes absolutely bonkers. She "shook and she pulled" (219) the wallpaper from the wall in an attempt to help the woman she is seeing. The wallpaper is torn down overnight, but it is apparent that it was very difficult for the narrator to do so because only a strip is missing from the wall. This is not enough to satisfy the narrator, so she locks herself in the nursery and begins to rip off

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