The Yellow Wallpaper is a story that has two sides because in the story the narrator gets crazy. Many people say that she got crazy because she was already crazy, but no there is actually evidence that what got her more crazy was her husband. Throughout the story John rents a creepy house for him and his wife; John wants to help his wife with her mental issues, but instead he puts her in a room that makes her go crazy, as John knows his wife’s mental issue he treats her like a child, and John doesn 't let the narrator do anything not even write her journals, he puts her in a room with a Yellow Wallpaper that makes her see things. Immediately, in the beginning of the story the narrator says that John has rented a house for them special for her
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” perfectly lends itself to the eye of a feminist critic. Gilman’s narrator is highly unreliable as she recounts the horrifying treatment she received from her controlling husband and his complicit sister to destroy who this woman and completely eliminate her autonomy. This woman’s secretive journaling, though fictional, captures the essence of feminist issues in the Gothic era. In his chapter on Feminism, Robert Dale Parker states that it is a criticism mostly based off of issues with identity. Throughout Gilman’s story, her main character’s identity is slowly stripped down and reduced to nothing.
Yellow is believed to be a happy color, but the excitement of yellow was destroyed, symbolic of her sanity being destroyed. The wallpaper was a dingy yellow that the narrator hates more than anything, “I never saw a worse paper in my life” (487). The narrator at first loathes the wallpaper, but the more she looks at it the more she finds it fascinating and the more she is intrigued by the many patterns and the color of the wallpaper. Moreover, the pattern, “by moonlight, it becomes bars… and the women behind it is as plain as can be” (492). The women in the wallpaper cannot leave, she is stuck, “Poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern” (495).
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.
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 Yellow Wallpaper” a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and published in 1892, is both a psychological and feminist piece of literature. It demonstrates oppression, defined as “the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.” The story, written in a form of a journal, is seen through the eyes of a nameless female narrator, who moves with her husband, John, to an estate during the summer to cope with her “hysteria”, eventually leading her to a state of oppression and insanity. The story reflects the confinement and restraint most women during the 1900s felt in marriages and the inferiority women had too men. Throughout the story the narrator’s is suffering from
The story "The yellow wall-paper" briefly described the theme of gender inequality by telling us how did a normal female patient become crazy.In this story, the narrator has to follow the decisions which are all made by his husband, this makes her felt confusing and upset.Her husband has never listened to her ideas because he thinks that she has already had some kind of mental disease.The gender inequality problem and the conflicts come with it directly caused the madness of the narrator. Meanwhile, the conflicts between the narrator and herself, like she always tells herself that “John is professional in curing patients, he must be right”, and also the conflict between her husband and herself, like John often ignores her feelings, both perfectly illustrate the idea of “gender inequality”.Three of the main ideas will
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
The tone of “Barbie Doll” is anger. In this poem, anger is another important quality. She became angry because people was making fun of her. “Her good nature wore out like a fan belt” (Piercy, line 15-16). She became disgusted with people making fun of her, so she cut off her nose and legs.
The vast majority of people wouldn’t give the wallpaper much thought, however the narrator becomes obsessed with it. To the narrator, the wallpaper is alive and becomes the focus of all her time. Her overwhelming lure to the wallpaper becomes obvious when she first provides a very vivid description stating “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 outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions” (217-218). As she begins to lose her grip on reality, the narrator beings to see faces and eventually a woman within the wallpaper. At first, her description of seeing faces in the wallpaper seems like it could be her mind making since of the varying patterns or just part of her imagination.
She first dislikes the color and despises the pattern, but after closely studying the pattern “a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design” and after obsessing over the painting she finds bars hidden. The heavy bedstead, which was nailed to the ground, was another feature that represents the room as a jail cell. Therefore, the room that she is prisoned shows how the madness benefited her to gain control and achieve a way to escape her confinement. In conclusion, the diverse literature 's do share a common theme that shows women fighting to overcome societal expectations due to the female gender not valued as thinkers capable of being their equals and mental illness can be caused by society’s stereotypical
Gender in the Yellow Wallpaper By Clinton/Lewinsky 2016 The yellow wallpaper is a compelling book about a woman going crazy and tearing off the yellow wallpaper off the wall. At first glance, this seems like a bad book written by an unstable person who was obsessed with wallpapers. However, this is not the case, and with closer analysis the book is about critiquing gender constructs in society. First of all, gender in that society was based on keeping women down and letting men be superior in modern society. Women weren’t encouraged to be in the workforce and men were generally in positions of power.
At first the yellow wallpaper is just an “artistic sin”-(Pg.420) but the narrator uses language that is metaphoric with “when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide.”-(Pg. 421) The main character herself can feel like the “lame uncertain curves” and it is possible that she has the fear of suicide. In the story later on when the wallpaper becomes more active in the narrator’s mind and is trying to follow the pointless pattern to some kind of conclusion with “they connect diagonally, and the sprawling outlines run off in great slanting waves of optic horror.”-(Pg. 424) This is the narrator trying find her own conclusion in her own life. The “formless sort of figure”-(Pg.
The woman was trapped in a barred, dirty room, imagining that she is locked up. Along with the thought that she must stay in that room, as her husband demanded, the wallpaper dominated her thoughts and made her pull “off most of the paper, so you can’t put me [her] back!”(9) After days of interpreting and thorough investigation of the women behind the bars creeping around, Gilman finally creates a direct association between her and the wallpaper for the first time in the book. The wallpaper is symbolic of how the woman would always have to creep around their husbands and if they wanted to be free they must be stripped of their privileges. Gilman writes, “you can’t put me back” to give personality to the character she has created. The woman is crazy yet so powerful.
She was convinced that there are women in the wallpaper that are coming out. She was acting like really an insane woman. She glides endlessly around the room, distorting the wallpaper as she goes. In the end, she was wearing a yellow dress. When John, her husband, break in the door, he saw the horror in the room; which by the way, the least thing he would expect to see.