In conclusion, John is the one to blame for the condition of the narrator. He first rents a house for both of them and then he isolates her and doesn 't let her do anything. Then John starts to treat her like a child making her think she 's a child. Lastly he puts her in a room by herself with a yellow wallpaper that has a pattern. Since she didn 't have anything to do she decides to figure out the pattern and throughout the story the wallpaper makes her go crazy.
The main conflict the narrator encounters is being torn between reality, which is the world outside the room, and understanding herself. Jane establishes the room as a shield. The narrator refuses to acknowledge everything outside, like her relationship and child, and constructs a safety zone. Her restriction for writing, placed by her husband, also inhibits her imagination. In contrast, her rebellion in both writing and fantasizing further her descent into madness.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is a story about a woman’s struggle to be heard in a society working against her. The narrator has been diagnosed with “nervous depression” (648), and her physician husband decides to take her to a mansion to help her recover; her recovery also involves not participating in any activity that might stimulate her mind, like writing. The narrator describes the house as having “hedges and walls and gates that lock” (648), and the room she has to stay in has bars on the windows, almost like a prison. The narrator also points out the hideous wallpaper, and makes many references to it throughout the story. This wallpaper symbolizes much more than horrid design; it is a symbol of the narrator’s, and other
John eventually finds the diary and destroys it, and John confines the narrator to a room with a yellow wallpaper that the narrator despises. The yellow wallpaper could be symbolic to the narrator because it resembles bars that confine her from social interaction and free thinking. Eventually this drives the narrator mad beyond repair and the story ends there. A major theme of this story is how culture at the time restricted women’s free thinking and acting capabilities to a point where they are just meant for a few purposes. Women were commonly suppressed during this time almost as if they were obedient children.
She believes that Louise is very fragile because of her heart condition. As a result, she gently informs Louise of her husband’s death. When Louise locks herself in her bedroom, Josephine shows concern and worry for Louise because she believes she will make herself ill from extreme grief and keeping to herself. Josephine assumes Louise is highly emotional and distraught is reflective of typical Victorian female views on how women react and feel when faced with tragic news, especially news about the death of a husband. However, Louise contradicts the gender norm of Victorian society as she sits in her room “drinking the elixir of life” rather than grieving for her husband.
Regardless if we are a servant, loyalty, young or old, people can share the same feelings. Euripides poem Medea opens up with conflict. The nurse is outside telling what happened in between Jason and Medea, but also foreshadowing. She constantly said how Medea shouldn 't have help him find the golden fleece. Medea just stayed in the house in isolated with rage not wanting to see her children.
She stayed in her room as her husband told her because she believed her husband only wanted what was “best” for her. The wife started to imagine seeing a lady in the wallpaper who wanted to break the bars so they could be free. In an effort to set the lady free from the wallpaper, the wife ripped the wallpaper off the wall. Unfortunately, ripping the wallpaper down did not free the lady from the wallpaper. The wife digressed to the state of being mentally insane.
Analyzing John and the narrator’s perspectives throughout the plot brings insight into the cause of the mental problem. The narrator’s illness is caused by control issues, in turn, cause her to seek out a sense of true self. The fact that John ignores his wife’s feelings makes her illness worse. From John’s perspective, keeping his wife in the ugly, scary, barred room seems okay. During the time when the story takes place is a time when men dominated women.
The Yellow Wallpaper narrator 's perspective on the wallpaper is that the wallpaper is so intriguing as it keeps changing. The lady in the wallpaper is herself being trapped in this house. The yellow wallpaper is yellow because of her depression throughout this story and partially the alcoholic recovery syndrome known as delirium tremens or confusion of trying to live without alcohol as a way to escape life, alcohol can turn things yellow such as teeth even paper but mostly is is a self reflection of her depression of not being able to see her newborn child.. I can 't exactly remember where I read that I can 't find it but I know she says something of a newborn son...
The main reason for her madness is her living environment, loneliness and the frightening yellow wallpaper. She lives in a house where she is defined as a haunted house, and the layout of the house makes her feeling uncomfortable. As what she describes: “a haunted house” (647), her first feeling of this mansion is scary rather than enjoying, while later one, she says, “ I should hate it myself if I had to live in this room for long.” (Gilman, 649) It can be seen that she is extremely reluctant to live in this place. However, the yellow wallpaper is the critical factor that breaks her logic, which directly leads to her mental disorder, “ A smoldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.” (Gilman, 649) With the time goes by, she even fantasies out of a woman hiding behind the wall. Moreover, her lonely life is also one of the factors causing madness, whenever she wants to meet her families and friends, her husband repeatedly rejected her requests: “It is so discouraging not to have any advice and companionship about my work.