In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the couple’s marriage is unsteady due to a mental illness of postpartum depression. Throughout the plot, the reader begins to realize there are two sides to the story. First there is the voice of the narrator who expresses her feelings freely; even though eventually she seems to be crumbling. Then there is the voice of her husband John, who seems convinced that the best medical treatment for his wife is the “rest cure”. Analyzing John and the narrator’s perspectives throughout the plot brings insight into the cause of the mental problem.
There are many events that can foreshadow the rest of one’s life for the better, or, for the worst. In Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Jane (the narrator) struggles with a mental illness that causes her to become very weak so her husband, John, takes her to a country home to heal. While at the house she stays in a room that has old yellow wallpaper. Jane is deeply disturbed yet highly intrigued and maintains her deep inspections of the wallpaper as she stays there.
In the books Ellen Foster and A Separate Peace the protagonists both go through turmoil and develop who they are as individuals. The narrator, Ellen, from Ellen Foster shows herself as a strong individual that has some baggage that she doesn't let stop her from achieving her ultimate goal, happiness. In A Separate Peace, the protagonist, Gene, was jealous of his friend and did something regrettable that changes Gene’s life and his friend’s forever. How these characters interact with others in the books shows the readers a lot about the identity of the protagonists. Ellen Foster is a book that paints a picture of a damaged girl in a damaged home and her journey to find the perfect family.
Janes husband, John, seems to have unknowingly assisted her to become a target to such a fate. Imprisonment to a single room in the mansion, being secluded from nearly all social interactions, and targeted by her own thoughts is what ultimately pushed Jane over the edge and made her fall victim to insanity. Charlotte Perkins Stetson wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” to show first-hand the damaging effects that the rest cure could have on woman. She wanted to share her experiences and to inform people of how negative this treatment was and what it could and was doing to people who were seeking help for an already underlying mental illness. Charlotte eventually became well known for her boisterous feminist attitude, sociological views on women’s rights and equality, and most notably, her
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.
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.
Unfortunately, her choice proves virulent because her life with him causes her suffering and abuse. Heathcliff speaks of his wife with full disgust. Isabella trusts him, but it turns out that he only causes her grief and pain. Lastly, Catherine Linton lived a happy life with many loved ones around her, but when she left she went in to an awful environment. At Thrushcross Grange, Cathy’s family always addressed her as “love” or “miss,” but after she marries Linton and moves to Wuthering Heights, she lives with exclamations from Joseph that she would “goa raight to the t’devil” (10) and from Heathcliff that “[she is] an insolent slut” (234) and “a damnable witch.”
She went from moping around all day being sad, to having fits of rage, and then back to being sad. At times Medea expressed thoughts of suicide, which is a symptom of both Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder. She also went through periods where she swore revenge against Jason. Depressive Phases
This can be seen when she fees free in a confined room, or how her weak heart sets her free from her husband through death. The author also sets up a subtle melancholy tone to the story that leaves the reader thinking and analyzing the sad events that occurred in the hour. She also use her tone to point out the cruelty idea of marriage at the time and how Mrs. Mallard thought it was a crime which left her powerless because she was a woman. Throughout this short story symbolism is quite clear. For example, when Mrs. Mallard is characterized with heart trouble.
Although both of these stories have many literary elements in the story, the three that are the most important are setting, irony, characterization.
In charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman illustrates the topic of mental health and through the employment of foreshadowing the theme isolation can lead to insanity is evident and contributes meaning to the story. The theme is shown through the foreshadowing of the narrator's diminution of rationality. One scenario in which this is instituted is when the narrator found that the her “bed stead is fairly gnawed” (Gilman 13). This foreshadowed the narrator’s insanity because it hints at maybe she isn’t revealing everything about her behavior that she lets on. Later on, when the narrator is psychotically trying to pull of all of the wallpaper, she “tried to lift and push it (the bed) until I was lame, and then I got so angry
The Yellow Wallpaper “I am sitting by the window in this atrocious nursery” Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Charlotte Perkins Gilman interprets foreshadowing, imagery, and symbolism and other literary devices to express one's own experiences with the wallpaper. In this short story Gilman talks about her own experiences by talking about it through first person and identifies herself as the character. Now Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is going through a temporary depression that within time is making her go mad. Now, Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses foreshadowing in “The Yellow Wallpaper” to signify the relationship that she has with the wallpaper.