The Yellow Wallpaper: Symbolism In The Victorian Era

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Throughout history, race and sex had always been topics of discussion among people, and many have been poorly treated based on their color and sex rather than their actions. The Yellow Wallpaper is not an exception to this, as describes the oppression society gives to women around the Victorian Era. The narrator, who is never truly mentioned by name, has been trapped on the top floor of a mansion in a nursery-like room where she can only sleep and eat. She keeps a journal around and writes down whenever she is alone to prevent her husband from taking her only source of entertainment away since at the time women could not write nor be smarter than men. John believes, because he is the best physician in the county, that he knows exactly what…show more content…
However, his wife continue to write, stating that each time she does, she gets extremely tired. The narrator kept sleeping during the day and staying all night awake looking, smelling, hearing and touching the yellow wallpaper that once disturbed her, now fascinated her. Soon, the narrator begun to write smaller sentences and little pieces instead of the big chunks of writing that she did the first day she arrived at the house, further showing her descent to madness. At the end of the novel, she peels off the wallpaper, to release the woman that had been trapped behind those bars and realising her into society. This symbolizes her realization of being trapped for so long, and her desire now to free herself. However, because society is cruel and who never approve of a woman so independent, she creeps around the room to hide her escape. When John arrives at the nursery-like room, he sees what has become of his wife. His wife explains she has ‘gotten out, in spite of you and Jane,’ before John faints and his wife continues to creep around the room, trying her best not to step on the fallen body. In conclusion, the narrator of the Yellow Wallpaper, is what happened to a woman in an oppressed society. Her writing style and size decreased as she slowly got overtaken by the wallpaper, symbolizing going into madness. At the end of the story, she destroys the wallpaper, releasing the woman that was once
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