Isolation In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Family is often regarded as a source of love and support, but as shown in the stories "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, misunderstandings and miscommunications can lead to the breakdown of familial bonds. These stories highlight the dangers of failing to recognize the needs of our loved ones and the importance of healthy communication. In "The Metamorphosis," Gregor Samsa, a hardworking traveling salesman, supports his family financially but his long hours on the road keep him emotionally and physically distant from them. When he undergoes a sudden transformation into a monstrous insect, his family becomes repulsed by him and fails to understand his plight. Similarly, in "The Yellow Wallpaper," …show more content…

Jane's being kept under isolation treatment by her husband created a phenomenon of her being obsessed with the wallpaper that caught her interest. Truly revealing the flaws of her treatments while breaking down the wallpaper as a whole. "There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will. Behind that outside pattern, the dim shapes get clearer every day. It is always the same shape, only very numerous. And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don’t like it a bit. I wonder—I begin to think—I wish John would take me away from here!" The instance of hate turned into a liking and more of an emotional understanding, becoming one with the wallpaper. Representing the mental breakdown. From the walls being up and well, even with marks and stains on them. Then, in the end, ripping the walls off and releases the woman away from the prison she is kept. Jane's depression has completely consumed her and was fueled by her observing consciousness this whole time. Which means she was slowly manifesting her own misery from the practice of her husband. This comparison is also made with the means of isolation in "The Metamorphosis" by Gregor, who understands his place in the world now that he is a bug. Not offering much financial addition to the family because he was known as the family breadwinner. The family and he couldn't adjust to his loss. Which created a rift in the family that started to turn into hate." He must go,” cried Gregor’s sister, “that’s the only solution, Father. You must just try to get rid of the idea that this is Gregor. The fact that we’ve believed it for so long is the root of all our trouble." It is quite scary how the breadwinner becomes a liability as a family member and can no longer support his need to clean for him. The sister

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