22 January 2013
Yellow Wallpaper Response Essay
Gilman’s imagery in the essay “The Yellow wallpaper” changes in many perspectives throughout this short story. The narrator starts out rather calm in the essay. Gilman creates certain situations in this essay to help the reader get an open mind on woman segregation.
In the beginning of the essay the reader uses a situation where the reader has no say or voice in what is wrong with her mostly because she is a woman. “I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things in the walls.” The narrator doesn’t realize it yet but this is her way of telling the reader that she didn’t have much choice on where she would be spending her time. Her husband is treating her like a child. Not to be taken serious what so ever. “There was some legal trouble, I believe, something about the heirs and coheirs; anyhow, the place has been empty for years. That spoils my ghostliness, I am afraid, but I don't care -- there is something strange about the house I can feel it. I even said so to John one moonlight evening, but he said what I felt was a draught, and shut the window.” In this quote, this is a proving fact that in this story the narrator’s opinion is not taken seriously at all. The narrator’s husband, John, almost thinks of her as a “lower class”. Gilman is comparing this situation to the role of woman in her time period; that woman aren’t here to make assumptions or have opinions but are here to follow the certain “orders” of a man.
As the story goes on and the Gilman starts to give imagery examples on what the effects of how this narrator is being treated. Her main interest seems to be the yellow wallpaper and its patterns. “I assure you. I start, we'll say, at the bottom, down in the corner over there where it has not been touched, and I determine for the thousandth time that I will follow that pointless pattern to some sort of a conclusion.” The narrator has...