However, his wife continue to write, stating that each time she does, she gets extremely tired. The narrator kept sleeping during the day and staying all night awake looking, smelling, hearing and touching the yellow wallpaper that once disturbed her, now fascinated her. Soon, the narrator begun to write smaller sentences and little pieces instead of the big chunks of writing that she did the first day she arrived at the house, further showing her descent to madness. At the end of the novel, she peels off the wallpaper, to release the woman that had been trapped behind those bars and realising her into society. This symbolizes her realization of being trapped for so long, and her desire now to free herself.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of a young woman who is battling severe depression. The protagonist is essentially locked away for the summer as a cure for her psychological disorder(s) (Craig 36). Being locked in the house with the yellow wallpaper worsens her mental state and eventually drives her to insanity. Throughout the course of the story, the protagonist’s mental state noticeably declines; she claims there are people in the wallpaper and believes it is haunting her. Several Gothic themes are scattered throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper”; however, the protagonist’s isolation, the presence of insanity, and the occurring idea of supernatural elements are most prominent and can be used to justify “The Yellow
This room has a faded, yellow wallpaper that the narrator becomes unsatisfied with over time along with the other imperfections that the room has due to it being decrepit such as windows that have boarded up. The narrator is put on bedrest and only has the company of her notebook in which she writes down her story and the way she is feeling after giving birth as well as her recovery. With John being out of the house most days to work with other patients, the narrator expresses her loneliness and hatred for being stuck up in an awful room and not being allowed to go out and see the garden and meet people. In her notebook, she also describes how she feels about her husband 's care towards her. Since a member of her family, the narrator 's brother is also a Physician she is aware of how condescending they can be towards their patients.
The biggest symbol in the story is the yellow wallpaper in the nursery that Jane is locked in. The dreary and lifeless patter that Jane explains in the story represents the lives of women in her time. “It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide-plunge off at
The growing intensity of her illness mirrors her growing obsession with the yellow wallpaper in her room. In the beginning, the narrator is able to speak of other things, such as the house and her husband. However, even then, she goes into excruciating detail about the wallpaper. She writes paragraphs on the wallpaper while simply mentioning other aspects of the house, such as the garden and the greenhouse (Gilman 317-318). This detail shows the reader that the narrator has an irregular fascination with the wallpaper, a fascination that only worsens as the story continues.
The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper, a yellow smell. There comes John, and I must put this away, he hates to have me write a word “(Gilman, 8). Firstly, the woman was not allowed to write and enjoy her daily activities. With nothing to convoy her, she was passionate with the wall and constantly made observations of it. Also, in “The Beautiful Mind” John Nash, mathematics and a graduate from Princeton, was incapable to even run his own class due to his illness.
The Fall of the House of Usher is an example of romanticism. It 's a very gloomy story, which begins, with an unnamed narrator, that receives a random letter from his friend Roderick Usher who is far away from were he lives. The letter us about Rodrick complaining that he isn 't feeling well and he is asking the narrator for help. Also the story reveals that Roderick 's sister is also feeling ill and they are the only ones left in the Usher family. The narrator tries to distract and cheer Rodrick by playing the guitar and he loves the paintings that Usher has in his house.
Her thoughts later on succumb to the torment of being alone and she left with no choice but to stare at the Wallpaper continuously until she begins to see things in a pattern. She believes in the notion that there’s a woman behind the paper, and she is all the time trying to climb through, but unfortunately no one can climb through that pattern-it strangles so” (Gilman p.667). This symbolizes how women’s power is strangled by men and there are many women out there who are trying to escape and break free from suppression. She’s one of those women behind the wallpaper climbing to get out. The wallpaper represents imprisonment since the narrator tries to remove it from the wall but she’s not allowed to do so, yet she stays confined in the
At the beginning of the short story Jane absolutely hates the wallpaper in her bedroom, but at the end Jane claims that she is “getting really fond of the room in spite of the wallpaper.” (page ) At the beginning of the story Jane is aggravated at John and after John’s treatment she describes him as “so wise” (page ) and “loving [her] so.” (page ) Throughout the “Yellow Wallpaper” John consistently makes Jane’s condition worse and worse until she finally has a mental breakdown. If Jane had left John she might have been able to spare herself some
The husband’s suggestions override that of the narrator in almost every way throughout the story. Through the narrative, we see the transition of what is a seemingly innocent housewife into a person suffering from mania as she exhibits a change of behavior most notably her distinct lack of sleep and her elevated arousal energy level. The husband suggests isolation as a cure for her perceived depression. Can her repression and lack of social support have lead to a change of behavior if not a complete change in personality? As the combination of a barren social environment with repressed emotions runs amok, the narrator further dwells into mania as she starts to focus on the Yellow Wallpaper.