“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 protagonist feels oppressed in the short story because of physical illness, the loss of her husband, and the feelings during the process. Louise’s heart problem affects her perspective on life. The heart problem that Louise faces in the story greatly affects her physical capabilities to self-reliance. For example, “Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul” explains how the heart problem has beaten down Mallard’s character, which is stated later on as “She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength”. As a result, Louise is converted into a fragile, emotionless soul that wanders to what the future might hold in store for her.
Sandefur 3 Throughout the book, Esther compares her mental instability to being stuck inside a bell jar. She feels trapped by her mental illness. To Esther, the bell jar symbolized her madness. Her insanity makes her feel as if she is trapped inside an airless jar that distorts her perspective on the world and prevents her from connecting with the people around her. By the end of the novel, when she feels better, she feels as if the bell jar has lifted.
She can be heard moaning and rambling from within her home. She even wishes she would die, saying things like, “I am miserable, unhappy in my labors! Oh me, I wish I were dead.” As we as, “I wish I could cast off this hateful life and take my rest in death!” (Euripides et al., 2005, p. 16-18). Medea even spends time praying, and remorsing the wrong doings she has committed against her own family. Manic
In the story Marigolds a girl named Lizabeth and her family struggled through the Great Depression. Throughout the story Lizabeth faces a major battle against adolescence. Although Lizabeth’s adolescence affected her actions when she led a malicious attack on Miss Lottie’s marigolds. She suddenly felt ashamed, and she didn’t like the feeling of being ashamed. In other words, Lizabeth feels sadden about her actions that she led.
William Faulkner tells the southern gothic tale “A Rose for Emily, a short story about the highly complex and deeply disturbed woman Emily Grearson. The story follows her slow mental decay in response to the stressful circumstances she lives under. It extensively utilizes time shifts to show all aspects of her life, and coupled with the God-like narration of the town, it functions as a character study in codependency and isolation. She is a true traditionalist, stubborn, intense, and insecure and throughout all of her conflicts, she responds in an arrogant manner, but one that demonstrates a desire for love, for the need of another person to care for her. The circumstances of her childhood, combined with her disdain for change, produce a recipe for mental illness.
Women during the 1950s experienced a great deal of hate towards them and were treated poorly by society and this is reflected in the characters of the novel. During this time period women were often thought to be crazy or psychotic. Angela Hague said, "By focusing on her female characters' isolation, loneliness, and fragmenting identities, their simultaneous inability to relate to the world outside themselves or to function autonomously, and their confrontation with an inner emptiness that often results in mental illness, Jackson displays in pathological terms the position of many women in the 1950s" (73-96). Women during the time period that the novel was written, experienced treatment towards them that often made them appear to be crazy or strangers. This relates to the setting because Eleanor started to go crazy in the house and felt like an outcast.
Charlotte Perkins demonstrates this in “The Yellow Wallpaper.” She shines a harsh light on the ill reality of society in this time period. There are different kinds of prisons. Gender roles, mental illness, and struggles with identity can all be something that hold people back and hinder their abilities. The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a woman who is treated like she is inferior to her husband, John. He does not think she is smart or
In The Hours, Michael Cunningham tells the story of three troubled women. Two of them, Virginia Woolf and Laura Brown, struggle with the similar problems. Significant changes are made by characters to deal with the sense of not belonging. The sense of not belonging affects both characters in two ways: mental suffering and motivation for committing suicide. Laura and Virginia suffer mentally at two points in the story.
The haunting of the death swallows her damaging her ability to move on, she is unable to fulfil sexual desires, act as a loving and caring mother. Depression had taken over her being. Sam understands what has happened, he understands and explains that he knows she does not and cannot love him because her severe depression hinders her abilities. He explains that because she has allowed the depression to control her she has the power to overcome it, and she must. The Babadook is a metaphorical object used to express depression, a mild to severe mental illness that surrounds the people of the world daily.
It becomes hard to recognize her as the story progresses, sleepwalking through the castle and constantly rubbing her hands as she attempts to remove the innocent blood shed on her hands driven by her guilt-ridden mind. Lady Macbeth is unable to surpass the evil she has set on herself and in the end; the guilt she prayed against became her worst enemies. She was beyond repair and it lead to her suicide. Furthermore, in the yellow wallpaper the protagonist becomes mentally ill for being locked in a room deprived of life. The majority of the story takes place in a room which only induces pain deep within herself evoking negative mental thoughts.
Pamela relates to labeling theory because once she is labeled and diagnosed with schizophrenia the people in her life see her behavior as deviant. Carolyn can also relate to this theory because she also sees her twin sisters behavior as deviant. In the book, Carolyn states, “I’m worn out trying to find reasons for Pammy to stay alive” (p. 263). Carolyn was having a hard time calming her sister down and then realized that she doesn’t want to live her life alone without her twin. According to Stress theory, Carolyn should have been the one to have an onset of mental illness.
Likewise, when speaking about her own personal experiences with different mental illnesses, Lovato uses a softer tone to connect to the audience on an emotional level. Lovato’s personal anecdotes with her mental illnesses spoke to the audience about what she calls her “darkest times”. “During my darkest times, I didn’t know why I was alive and I definitely didn’t like myself. I had very low periods that were so emotionally draining that I couldn’t find the strength to crawl out of bed in the morning. I was withdrawn, disconnected, and very angry” (Lovato).
While reading the story, you can tell in the narrators’ tone that she feels rejected and excluded. She is not happy and I’m sure, just like her family, she wonders “why her?” She is rejected and never accepted for who she really is. She is different. She’s not like anyone else and she knows that. She had “yellow eyes, pink teeth, red fingernails, and dark hair on her arms and chest” (225).
Feminism in “Woman Hollering Creek” “Woman Hollering Creek” is a story that tells the unfortunate tale of domestic abuse that many women face today. Readers get a first hand look at the mindset behind a woman facing serious domestic abuse. While many may argue that the author, Sandra Cisneros, portrayed Cleofilas as weak or timid, she is in fact an incredibly strong person in her given situation. In the final section of the story the audience is shown that Cleofilas was facing horrific abuse by her husband, possibly for a long period of time, through the eyes of her doctor. Yet when she is given the option of suicide, as shown on page 225 paragraph 30, when Cleafilas is being called to by La Llorona while by the creek, she does not take the