The Yellow Wallpaper

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“Entrapment”

The story “The Yellow Wallpaper” portrays a married woman that is so confined and dominated by her husband that she begins to go insane. Throughout this story it is seen that the narrator, who is also the main character of this story, finds a woman in the ghastly wallpaper that is hung on the walls in her new bedroom, she realizes that her and the woman in the wallpaper have more in common then she had originally thought. The setting, symbolism and the irony best represent the theme of this story. Shown through these literary elements is the dominance of man over woman and the insignificance that women feel in the home. The different actions and quotes that are used describe just how bound the narrator feels. The overall theme of “The Yellow Wallpaper” is the dominance of man over woman and the struggle with loneliness to the point of insanity as seen in the setting, irony, and symbolism. The setting of this story is in the upstairs bedroom of an old, worn down mansion. The bedroom is described as “a big, airy room… with windows that look all ways.” (160) Mostly the action is while the main character is lying in bed staring at the hideous wallpaper that hangs on the walls. The narrator makes it known that she despises this wallpaper by stating comments such as: “I never saw a worse paper in my life,” and “the color is repellant, almost revolting.” (161) Not only does the wallpaper have an ugly look and smell but it also has spontaneous lines that reach towards every direction. The twists and curves are used to illustrate the uproar that is inside the narrator’s mind. The big open room is used to portray the “freedom” that has been given to her, yet not really. The bed is where the narrator is to be fastened until she can improve in her wellness. All of the elements of the setting portray a picture of the inside of the narrator’s mind and how her husband is treating her. As the story continues, the narrator becomes obsessed with the wallpaper...
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