Annotation of Yellow Wallpaper

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Melancholy Me
“I am getting angry enough to do something desperate. To jump out of the window would be admirable exercise, but the bars are too strong even to try. Besides I wouldn’t do it. Of course not. I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be misconstrued. I don’t like to look out of the windows even—there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast. I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper as I did! But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope—you don’t get me out in the road there! I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard! It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please! I don’t want to go outside. I wont, even if Jennie asks me to. For outside you have to creep on the ground, and everything is green instead of yellow”.

The narrator has finally, after months of toiling over her obsession with the yellow wallpaper in the room where she was kept while ill, realized the relevance and meaning of the gloomy decoration. I chose this passage form the short story because it proves to the readers that the narrator is actually mentally ill and reveals her feelings and perception of the yellow wallpaper. This passage, in my opinion, is one of the most important parts of the short story due to the correlation of the woman trapped in the yellow wallpaper and the women in the story. This passage also clearly reveals that the narrator of the story is mentally ill, bringing the story to an abrupt and formidable ending. The narrator illustrates her disparity to become well, by threatening to jump out of a window. She immediately recants her statement, not because it is a terrible thing to do or because she would be killing herself, but because it would be improper or miss-interpreted. She also states that the ‘bars’ are too strong for her to jump through; referring to the line like pattern on the yellow wallpaper, demonstrating her...
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