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.
John’s (her husband) and the narrator’s sarcastic response portrays the strained nature of their marriage. Its suprising to see that their marriage exists during a period when there are such strains and power disparities. John represents a pragmatic and stoic typical male view of the world, incontrast to his wife, and doesn’t care much about his wife’s emotions. He prescribes rest cure for her by leaving her alone in a room with a yellow Wallpaper. Her thoughts later on succumb to the torment of being alone and she left with no choice but to stare at the Wallpaper continuously until she begins to see things in a pattern.
She mentions the bedstead that is nailed onto the ground and the canvas mattress that is on it. This shows the expression of imprisonment and the remotion that she is controlled from. The author also conveys the patterns on the wallpaper to describe the nursery room. The intricate design of the yellow wallpaper is impersonating the narrator and reflecting on her own self. Furthermore, the practical idea of the medical institution was to keep her away from becoming more ill, but in the end, it was rather destroying her more as she faced the truth of the inner reality of her life.
The biggest symbol in the story is the yellow wallpaper in the nursery that Jane is locked in. The dreary and lifeless patter that Jane explains in the story represents the lives of women in her time. “It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide-plunge off at
In this situation, the author produces a story that criticizes patriarchal ideas of the time in relation to femininity. In this story, the narrator faces with the impossibility of escaping by more rational physical pathways. Madness allows the narrator to escape from social and family control and to transgress all established norms. The narrator is frustrated when she realizes that her husband, a physician, does not recognize her state as a mental problem that needs to be worked on. By escaping from the conventions, the narrator frees herself from the schedules, and control of the guardians who guarded all her actions.
“When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone.” (Chopin, 2014) Louise’s withdrawal to her room acts as a metaphor for her life as a married woman. So far, Brently Mallard controlled the decisions, now Louise has the freedom to make her own choices without the ties of marriage. This metaphor shows oppression because Louise’s old life is compared to the oppressive feelings one has when confined to a room. Once locked in a room, a person would feel powerless, forgotten, and alone. These feelings characterized Louise’s life before her husband’s death.
In similar ways, both Norma and Lear construct a false reality that is salubrious to their madness. Norma shuts the doors of her gargantuan mansion to the outside world and lives in the glory of her past. King Lear decides to let his daughters bide for his love in order to encourage his ego. Of course, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. These decisions led to seclusion from society and the ones they loved.
Mildred’s constant addiction to gadgets represents her denial towards her problems and the little desire she has towards a better life. Her ignorance is another of her great weaknesses since she lives in a world where her feelings don’t matter and is easily influenced by tv and propaganda which explains her obsess towards hair dye and a soap opera family, even when Guy tries to talk to her all she seems able to talk about is her “family”, he tries to talk to her into reading some of the books he has found but she’s just worried that Captain Beatty might show up and “burn the house and the ‘family’” and asks him “why should I read?” “what for?” (34, Bradbury). Mildred doesn’t understand what she’s feeling and therefore prefers little amounts of superficial happiness that only give her joy for a little while, instead of reading and exterminating her ignorance because she’s too afraid to understand what is really happening inside of
“The Yellow Wall-Paper” which was published in the late nineteenth century shows that the women of that time did not have much cultural value. In the story the husband acts more like a father to his wife than a husband. Throughout the story he calls her ‘little girl’ and like a father has rules that must be obeyed. He has locked her up in a nursery room that she hates in a large castle and ordered her not to move from the bed, because she is on a ‘rest cure’ that is supposedly going to help her get over her post-partum depression. Because she is stuck in a room that she despises, she becomes very lonely and even more depressed which causes her to start staring at the wallpaper and slowly become crazy from the isolation.
At the beginning of the short story Jane absolutely hates the wallpaper in her bedroom, but at the end Jane claims that she is “getting really fond of the room in spite of the wallpaper.” (page ) At the beginning of the story Jane is aggravated at John and after John’s treatment she describes him as “so wise” (page ) and “loving [her] so.” (page ) Throughout the “Yellow Wallpaper” John consistently makes Jane’s condition worse and worse until she finally has a mental breakdown. If Jane had left John she might have been able to spare herself some
Despite John being considerate, caring and feeling sorry for his wife’s illness, he dominates over her both physically and psychologically (AndrewM). He incarcerates her due to his pervasive torment. For instance, the narrator is coerced to stay in the nursery regardless of her will. The prison’s windows are barred while the wallpaper torturing her, but she cannot voice her choking experience and whenever, she tries the husband reproaches her (AndrewM). Despite her preference for the house downstairs, her husband demands her to stay in the nursery, and all her views are shuttered.