An Analysis of Charlotte Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

Topics: Thought, Mind, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Pages: 3 (1239 words) Published: November 15, 2011
What if something as simple as a pattern could cause someone so much grief, attention and unwanted thoughts that it could eventually causes them to slowly go insane? In Charlotte Gilman's short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper" she uses the techniques of foreshadowing, personification, simile, and symbolism, in order to acknowledge how easily humans are convinced and influenced in their daily lives. One's own perspective on themselves can quickly be changed as they are exposed to different thoughts from others and objects that are disturbing, unwanted, and forced. These influences can cause a person to rethink everything they believe and take something else into consideration. It can cause someone to feel completely suffocated to the point where they lose themselves in the focus on analyzing something that is slowly deteriorating them. Disturbing objects and images can cause someone to question and focus in on what they truly mean and are depicting. In the short story by Gilman, she describes a pattern on the wall. It is unlike any pattern and has the ability to cause the woman trapped in the room to question what it is. The pattern "curves for a little distance [then looks as thought the lines] suddenly commit suicide" (Gilman 288) and lose themselves as they disappear off the wall. This description of the design is showing foreshadow to how the ill patient in the room is slowly crumbling inside. As she is so focused and concentrated on the color, smell, and pattern of the wallpaper she is destroying her mind and in the end seems to become so distraught that she causes herself to become sicker. Becoming so intrigued by something causes loss of focus on something else that could be more important; like the woman’s life for instance. If she was not so focused on figuring out the wall paper then she could of possibly gotten better instead of slowly killing herself by being so involved with the pattern and design of the wallpaper. Having something to turn to for...
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