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The Yellow Wallpaper
The chosen passage is an extract from “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Gilman. In this story, the narrator is staying in a house with her husband John, Mary, her baby, and John’s sister. There is yellow wallpaper in the narrator’s room which for some reason seems to annoy her. The yellow wallpaper’s imagery indicates the narrator’s state of mind, her relationship with her husband and her life in general. In the story, the narrator seems to be a patient of some sort and she gets “nervous” very easily. She also seems to be very paranoid of things. In the passage, the narrator becomes frustrated with the “everlastingness” of the wallpaper. This points out that her “nervous troubles” seem to be everlasting. Also her brain is being referred to as a “big room” but there is something “horrid” inside her mind that annoys her. The imagery of the wallpaper; “You can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then,” refers to her mind because her “nervousness” can only be seen at times but even then it doesn’t seem to be clear enough to be considered as a “serious case”. The way the narrator describes John and talks about him help the reader understand what kind of impression he has on her. She feels that she is a “burden” to him because of her “nervous troubles”. John seems to treat the narrator as if she really does have something wrong with her even though her “case is no serious”. He tells her that “nothing was worse for a nervous patient than to give way to such fantasies”. He puts the narrator in a “nursery” as if she is a small child. He refers to her as a “blessed little goose”. He also tries to keep her away from all contact with people. He tells her that her baby makes her “so nervous” and when she wants her cousins to visit he tells her that “he would as soon put fireworks in my pillow-case as to let me have those stimulating people about now”. The narrator describes the wallpaper as “torn off in spots and it sticketh closer than a...
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