Yellow is believed to be a happy color, but the excitement of yellow was destroyed, symbolic of her sanity being destroyed. The wallpaper was a dingy yellow that the narrator hates more than anything, “I never saw a worse paper in my life” (487). The narrator at first loathes the wallpaper, but the more she looks at it the more she finds it fascinating and the more she is intrigued by the many patterns and the color of the wallpaper. Moreover, the pattern, “by moonlight, it becomes bars… and the women behind it is as plain as can be” (492). The women in the wallpaper cannot leave, she is stuck, “Poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern” (495).
Through her many stories, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, developed the notion of how being a strong independent woman can be inspirational to all. The expression of her personal feelings and opinions behind the guise of a seemingly fictional story brings new life to the story itself. During the nineteenth century, there were many stereotypes on what was expected from women. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman composes the story of a woman who suffers from postpartum depression and stares at yellow wallpaper. Seeing that Gilman herself has experienced this form of mental illness, we can analyze the context of the text and see the reflection of her own life and in “The Yellow Wallpaper.”
The vast majority of people wouldn’t give the wallpaper much thought, however the narrator becomes obsessed with it. To the narrator, the wallpaper is alive and becomes the focus of all her time. Her overwhelming lure to the wallpaper becomes obvious when she first provides a very vivid description stating “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 outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions” (217-218). As she begins to lose her grip on reality, the narrator beings to see faces and eventually a woman within the wallpaper. At first, her description of seeing faces in the wallpaper seems like it could be her mind making since of the varying patterns or just part of her imagination.
In The Awakening and Story of An Hour, Author Kate Chopin shows how forcing social obligations on a woman will ultimately lead to her destruction. Throughout both stories we examine two women tied down by their obligations as women in the late 1800’s. The women we see portrayed in these two stories were not necessarily held down by their husbands, as many other of their time were, but instead they we held back by the life society chose for them. As each of the stories progress both Edna and Mrs. Mallard become fixated by a life without the obligations of a husband. Their obsession with the independence that they cannot have is what ultimately leads to the death of both Edna and Mrs. Mallard.
What I didn’t really like about it, was the lack of development for their relationship. To me, it seemed that she hated his guts, then boom! He says he is able to break her mother’s curse which makes her already attracted to him. I believe the author could’ve had the two slowly open up to each other, and maybe include a few awkward moments that shows the development of their love for each other. Despite the minor setback, I could not contain my excitement and muffled my squeals with a pillow.
She becomes nervous around the wallpaper. Jane’s condition worsens but she does not tell John. She says, “John does not know how much how much I really suffer, and that satisfies him” (2). If he honestly cared about her he would make the incentive to ask her if she was ok and get the true answer from her.
Though the model of the madwoman in the attic was largely based around Brontë’s Bertha Mason, Gilbert and Gruber themselves have dubbed the aforementioned work as “Rebecca's aunt” (ibid. 336). With the many similarities and allusions du Maurier makes to Brontë’s work, Rebecca lends itself particularly well for
Obviously Robert Erickson’s shows a bias opinion against Lady Wishfort in his article “Lady Wishfort and The Will of the World.” From her “depraved will” to comparing her face to cracked furniture, the author clearly did not like Lady Wishfort’s character. Unfortunately, this means readers are missing out on his (unbiased) insight regarding the character. If one is going to evaluate a particular character, it should be done from beginning to end; had Erickson included Lady Wishfort’s transformation, perhaps his writing would not seem so
She is first mentioned when she is described as ‘a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern’ and ‘it creeps so slowly’. (87) The narrator knows that she has to lie low and ‘creep’ to be part of society and not be caught. The creeping woman becomes increasingly physical further on, as she is tempted to escape – “she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard”. (91)
There are many ways the novel represents Romanticism for example how Hester loved Dimmesdale so much that she would not give his name and turn him in. The novel also represents Puritanism, for instance when Hester was first punished for her sin all she had to do was stand on a scaffold. The Puritan women in the town didn’t believe that was a severe enough punishment. They wanted her to be killed for her sin. Puritan beliefs were very harsh and cruel and everything had to be done correctly.
The heavy bedstead, which was nailed to the ground, was another feature that represents the room as a jail cell. Therefore, the room that she is prisoned shows how the madness benefited her to gain control and achieve a way to escape her confinement. In conclusion, the diverse literature 's do share a common theme that shows women fighting to overcome societal expectations due to the female gender not valued as thinkers capable of being their equals and mental illness can be caused by society’s stereotypical
"The Yellow Wallpaper" is about a lady made crazy by post pregnancy anxiety and a hazardous treatment. However,, an examination of the protagonist’s portrayal shows that the story is generally about character. The protagonist’s projection of a fanciful lady, which at first is just her shadow, against the bars of the wallpaper shows her personality, disguising the contention she is dealing with and in the end prompting the entire breakdown of the limits of her character and that of her shadow. Continually alone and not allowed to abandon her room, the absence of something to involve her time makes the protagonist very confused. With blocked windows, the room is very similar to a jail.
”-(Pg. 424) This is the narrator trying find her own conclusion in her own life. The “formless sort of figure”-(Pg. 423) eventually becomes “a woman stooping down and creeping about the pattern. ”-(Pg.425)
Daisy loves the beauty of the shirts but hates what they mean for her. She has exhausted her ability to rebel against a world that expects her to be demeaned in this way, and cannot articulate her feelings. She justifies her tears with the values of materialism that have been forced upon her, seeing how she is treated as an object herself. The objectification of Daisy is complete when Gatsby tells Nick, “Her voice is full of money,” (127) towards the end of the novel. Daisy’s voice is one of the most mystical parts about her, it represents her- enchanting and beautiful.