What Is The Symbolism In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Author Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “Yellow Wall-Paper,” expresses her ideas by fighting women’s oppression through free expression and symbolic writing. She refers to a woman she sees behind the wallpaper in the following lines “and it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that paper.” This so called “Yellow Wall-Paper” is symbolic of a restraint for women back in the 1900s. Gilman wrote “I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper.” The main character “pulled and shook” to free the woman that is imprisoned behind the Yellow Wall-Paper. The short story illustrates how women were blocked off from society because of oppression and yellow wall-paper is symbolic of that, relative to the time the story took place.
In the short story of The Yellow Wallpaper, the author symbolizes the shadow creeping in the "sickly, sulphur" wall in the moonlight as her own. The woman she observes "tak[ing] hold of the bars and shak[ing] them hard" but its no spirit at all. The wallpaper can be thought of as a mirror. The woman is actually looking at her reflection when she gazes at the wall. She sees a woman who is desperate for liberation. In 17th century English society, women were oppressed by society, especially by their husbands who had authority
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These spirits appear in the form of how ghosts or other supernatural beings are protectors of the human world as they interact to warn one another of the future. The ghost in this story "cried LOOK out LOOK out" and foreshadow imminent danger to the signalman and it drove himself crazy because he could not solve the problems in front of him. Dickens want to demonstrate how important it is to be mindful and alert towards life around
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