Critical Statement: In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman employs exclamatory functions within her syntax to display the symbolism of the woman within the wallpaper to illustrate her own constricted freedom due the influence of the masculine dominance. In the beginning of the story, Gilman illustrates the wallpaper as a catalyst for exhibiting the intensity of the narrator’s psychological disorder. After the narrator and her husband settle into their new house, the narrator inspects her room, and begins discerning ominous relations and elements within the wallpaper. “This paper looks to me as if it KNEW what a vicious influence it had! There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside
After analyzing the pattern for awhile, the narrator witnesses a woman trapped behind bars. Eventually, we realize that the woman in the wallpaper is the narrator. Throughout the story, the narrator 's mental state continues to deteriorate. Being both the narrator 's husband and physician, John assumes that he knows what’s best for his wife. However, in this essay, I will argue that Gilman portrays John as an antagonist or “villain” in her story because, through his actions, he is the main reason for his wife 's descent into insanity which proves that he didn’t know what was best for his wife after all.
She becomes obsessed with the patterns of the wallpaper, but she mainly notices a woman that she thinks is trying to free herself from the confines of the wall. During the day this woman is still, but when night time comes around, it seems as though the woman creeps around. Towards the end of the story, the narrator has a breakdown and thinks that she is this woman inside of the wallpaper, and begins to perform similar actions like creeping around. This meaning of this scene is simple cause and effect. Not only did she already have postpartum depression, but she is basically trapped in this house for a whole summer with nothing to do so she can heal.
The house is in a super-isolated place. The house represents the narrator 's personal emotions; restricted and isolation. In the story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the symbolism of the the wallpaper and the diary demonstrate the psychological difficulties, that were caused by being disrespected and thought less of, during the 19th century for women across the United States. In the “Yellow Wallpaper”, the woman 's husband John neglects her symptoms of postpartum and says she has a slight hysterical tendency. As this progresses, the woman starts to go mad from ignorance and starts to believe there is someone behind the Wallpaper.
She is discriminated against, not only for her race, but for her gender and social status as well. Dealing with all this unfair treatment, she is easily taken advantage of, leading to a desperation for a better life. She craves for a “real house” but, due to her family’s poverty, they are forced to move frequently into dingy apartments. In The House on Mango Street, Cisneros’s use of rhetorical devices like imagery, analogies, and motifs, helps to create the text’s longing tone. The author establishes a contrast between Esperanza’s reality and fantasy through imagery.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a short story told through diary entries of a woman who suffers from postpartum depression. The narrator, whose name is never mentioned, becomes obsessed with the ugly yellow wallpaper in the summer home her husband rented for them. While at the home the Narrator studies the wallpaper and starts to believe there is a woman in the wallpaper. Her obsession with the wallpaper slowly makes her mental state deteriorate. Throughout The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses many literary devices such as symbolism, personification and imagery to help convey her message and get it across to the reader.
The woman on the floor trying to take the wallpaper down would not let her husband in as he tried to knock the door down, but she does not realize she is doing it to herself. For example, Catherine Golden states in her article that, “The narrator seems detached from the bits of wallpaper on the floor next to her and John wallpaper fragments that could be read as a literal representation of the source of her insanity. The narrator’s hallucinations and action of tearing down the wallpaper to free the woman trapped behind the wallpaper pattern condemn her to madness” (60). The woman husband seems to not listen to her in what she has to say in the story about the wall in her bedroom. The man treats her more like a child and does pay any attention to her.
The patient reports that she told her mother yesterday that she was feeling suicidal. The patient states, "I started out of nowhere feeling like I want to commit suicide." The patient reports when her mother thought she was joking she started cutting herself. The patient has superficial cuts to her throat and legs. The patient reports that she became irritable when her mother did not believe her, so she told her mother that she better lock her door when she sleep because she was going to kill her.
She is not improving with her husband’s orders, but she has now surprisingly become fascinated with the wallpaper. The paper already had small tears in parts of it, so Jane decided that she was going to peel the rest of it away herself in hopes of seeing the woman inside of it set free. An online discussion about the ending of the story states, “Towards the end of the story, she narrates as if she is healing and recovering” (Kim). As the peeling of the wallpaper progresses, the narrator reveals that Jane actually sees herself stuck behind the hideous, yellow wallpaper. This holds an important symbol in the story.
The choices made at the end of each story were made due to characters pride getting the best of them and can be predicted to harm them in the future. After walking away from Miss Moore, Sylvia thinks about the day and claims “ain’t nobody gonna beat me at nuthin” (Bambara 6). Throughout the story, Sylvia has pessimistic thoughts that may affect her future. By not admitting she learned something, it can be inferred that her pride will not allow her to acknowledge the lesson. Due to this, Sylvia may suffer a fall in her life, such as the quotation, “pride comes before Destruction” suggests.
Treatment of women in the 1900s was a really cruel time in history for women, and some short stories that are based on cruelty of women are “The Yellow Wallpaper”. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is about this women that is really sick and her husband is a doctor and doesn 't believe she is sick, so until she gets better she has to stay inside and can not express her feeling to him so she writes her feelings down in a journal. To begin, In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” In the beginning of the story she was expressing her feelings and saying how her husband is a doctor and believes that she is not sick and won 't take her into the doctor to get treated. For example “The Yellow Wallpaper” explains “John is a physician, and perhaps - (I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief
Another example of how the author establishes the character 's mental state is when she starts noticing the wallpaper and becomes a major conflict to her. Gilman writes, “There are things in the wallpaper that nobody notices but me, or ever will, Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer everyday (Gilman 441).” At this point in time we now have a better understanding how Jane is irritated by certain things. Her most noticeable aggravation became the yellow wallpaper in her room. Gilman does a good job making her sound crazy by having almost every sentence or every other sentence distinctly focused on the
The majority of the story takes place in a room which only induces pain deep within herself evoking negative mental thoughts. During her time in the room she felt the room “at night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars!” (Gilman 304). The narrator of the yellow wallpaper descends into madness to escape the cruel dominance of her society. As the story progresses the yellow wallpaper becomes a constant companion. 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.
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!” (652). The narrator says this line halfway through the story when the sub pattern of the yellow wallpaper finally come into her full focus. She, at this point, is being further drawn into he own alternate fantasy which by the end of the text is the only way of means that she is fully capable of dealing with her personal obstacles and healing herself of her
“The Yellow Wallpaper” concludes with John unlocking the door and seeing his wife creeping around the room. John then faints because he realizes that his wife has completely lost her mind. The narrator continues to creep along her path by the wall. ‘“ Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall so that I had to creep over him every time”’(320).