This statement shows her concern regarding what others think about her. She always imagines what others would say about her and this attitude portrays an imbalanced mental state. Even after she achieves success, we see that she is unable to shake off her depression. Here we see some contrasting images where Esther feels numb and dull despite the tornado and hullabaloo. When this image is likened to a car we see that it emphasizes the lack of control which she feels over her own emotions.
In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” the protagonist, Miss Emily Grierson, is faced with challenges that leave her no choice but to find a way to escape the internal struggle of loneliness created by her own actions, leading to self-inflicted destruction. Looking in on the surface, the female character is imprisoned by the repressiveness of her father. While he played a huge role in causing Emily’s mental state to deteriorate, it was ultimately the consequences of her own self-control that confined her mind. Because of her poor choices, Emily lives in misery instead of rescuing herself from such damaging chains of sorrow. Throughout the text, it is evident that the overall conflict in “A Rose for Emily” was driven by self-deprecation
Stella is resentful and angry. She does not try to escape the reality she is faced with but allows it to negatively affect her attitude towards her sister and her mother. For example Ozick explains “Then Stella took the shawl away and made Magda die. Afterward Stella said: ”I was cold.” And Afterward she was always cold, always. The cold went into her heart: Rosa saw that Stella’s heart was cold.”(300) Through this we see that Rosa has come to realize that in the dire circumstances of their situation Stella has come to really only care for herself not her family unlike Rosa.
The doctor who started Mary’s addiction ruins Mary’s life because when she gets addicted to morphine, she loses her drives and her motivation. She hates doctors because they’ll do anything to sell your souls. When Cathleen thinks, Mary is taking morphine as a medicine, not a drug. When she went to the drugstore for Mary and not knowing that she’s addicted shows her irresponsibility as a maid in the house and that affect her. Mary emphasizes, “Something I miss terribly.
Additionally, Gilman’s use of syndetic listing to describe the narrator’s physical entrapment is perhaps reflective of her feelings of suffocation and her inability to escape as the list feels never ending. Essentially, it is the physical and subsequent metaphorical entrapment of the female protagonist by her husband in The Yellow Wallpaper that leads to a loss of her identity. In addition to physical descriptions, a sense of identity can be established through the delivery of relationships with others, and moral beliefs. In The Yellow Wallpaper, the interplay of characters plays a key role in defining the narrator’s identity through the imbalance of power in her marriage with John. Gilman arguably presents the narrator’s descent into madness through her inability to create a new identity counter to John’s entrapment of her.
Or the undercurrent of sexual jealousy that emanated from Mammachi. Or Baby Kochamma conversation that was designed to exclude Ammu and her children, to inform them of their place in the scheme of things” (Roy 312). Ammu senses the underlying meaning of every word her family speaks. She feels like her life has no escape from this web of lies; Ammu has no room to live in Ayemenem. Her environment reeks of judgement and exclusion.
This is actually the plight of Baram Alkali’s case in Personal Angle. According to her, a woman may react by self-pity and tears followed by a hardness to love as is Zaria’s reaction, sentimental, passive almost bordering on martyrdom. A wife may immerse herself in the hurt and pain of unrequited and neglected love leading to psychosis as is the case with Zaria. She demonstrates her guts and feminine will power to make a break of it and claim back her name and identity. Even after her separation from her husband, Alhaji Teller lusts hopelessly after her but she refuses to give in preferring to maintain her dignity.
In the short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman represents how wretchedness is overlooked and changed into blended sentiments that eventually result in a significantly more profound enduring incongruity. The Yellow Wallpaper utilizes striking mental and psychoanalytical symbolism and an effective women's activist message to present a topic of women' have to escape from detainment by their male centric culture. In the story, the narrator's better half adds to the generalization individuals put on the rationally sick as he confines his significant other from social circumstances and keeps her in an isolated house. The narrator it's made out to trust that something isn't right with her and is informed that she experiences some illness by her own significant other John. As we
Mental Illness and the Oppression of Women in "The Yellow Wall-paper" “The Yellow Wall-paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a feminist literary work about mental illness and the oppression of women. This oppression is evident throughout the story not only by the husband’s treatment of the narrator, but also through her non-questioning submission to him. Her concerns for her health and well-being fall on deaf ears, as her husband maintains a misogynistic view of her gender and the roles in which it entails. She is suggested to be overreacting or even unknowing of what is truly bothering her, which leads to her eventual descent into madness. “The Yellow Wall-paper” is not just a story of insanity, it is a story of mistreatment due to the sexist ideas placed upon women which facilitate the lack of necessary and proper treatment for mental illness.
Their union was " in the space between classes… socially ambiguous, and this ambiguity is part of the legacy to Jane." ( Fraiman, 616). She was born poor and when her parents died without leaving her any money, she became dependent on others to care for her. Despite this better fact, Jane still demands to be treated as an equal to her relations and she becomes irate if treated unfairly. Indeed, " What horrified the Victorians was Jane's anger" ( Gilbert and Gubar, 338).