Analysis of the Yellow Wallpaper

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May 7, 2013
Analysis Paper
ENG 104
The Yellow Wallpaper
Analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper

According to Thomas “The Yellow Wallpaper” a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was mainly about “Eastlake’s popular Gothic Revival decors in turn created a consequent demand for wallpaper designed by William Morris (1834-96)” (Thomas) He agreed that , “not only authentically delineates Morris’s Fashionable glided olive, monochromatic yellow and Khaki Craftsman designs, but also confronts wallpaper on other significant level (1)as potential mental health hazard for women and children in restricted environment’s,(2) inscribing gender in domestic spaces,(3) as evidence of the male take over and sequential androgynization of the decorative arts market, and aesthetic transformation that upset the female consumer’s marketplace and domestic empowerment.” (Thomas) While, many may agree with his statements there are always those who do not agree. Some might agree that “The Yellow Wallpaper” is mainly about a woman in the late 1800’s slipping into insanity. Gilman short story demonstrated her characters mental illness in two different ways: (1) allowing her audience into the fear of the character’s psychosis (2) letting her audience experience the characters limitations and presenting the importance of the characters individualism.

Gilman allows her audience into the characters fears and mental illness. Most of the story is centered on the women’s obsession with the yellow wallpaper in her assigned room. The woman’s description of the wallpaper seem to show how she portraits herself and her illness. For Example she describes the wallpaper as being “…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-plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of...
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