Analysis of the Yellow Paper on the Wall

Topics: Shakes, Shake, Psychology Pages: 2 (568 words) Published: December 6, 2011
The story is titled “The Yellow Wall- Paper”, and indeed, the dreadful wallpaper that the narrator comes to hate so much is a significant symbol in the story. The yellow wallpaper can represent many ideas and conditions, among them, the sense of entrapment, the notion of creativity gone astray, and a distraction that becomes an obsession. Examine the references to the yellow wallpaper and one notices how they become more frequent and how they develop over the course of the story. Why is the wallpaper an adequate symbol to represent the women’s confinement and her emotional condition?

The wallpaper is definitely an adequate symbol to represent the woman’s confinement and her emotional condition, due to the restraint her husband has placed upon her, she is unable to neither use her mind nor express herself. Therefore, every little line, design, or pattern she see in the wallpaper she affixes it to her experiences. In the beginning of the story the narrator emphasis on how the women does not express how she feels. She allows her husband as well as her brother to dictate what is best for her.

Her husband has denied her the right to do anything that gives her pleasure, such as whom she can visit, the right to work, and to write, which use to give her great pleasure. The woman’s husband as well as her brother are both physicians who believe she only have o nervous depression. So when the woman states “What is one to do?” (1735) she is clearly – asaying that she is inferior to the men in her life. The woman feels that she does not have the right to question the good doctors of high standards when she herself is only a mere woman, who is experiencing a nervous depression.

“It is stripped off- the paper- in great patches all around the head of my bed”, one of those sprawling flamboyant pattern committing ever artistic sin”. (1735) this description of the wallpaper is symbolic to the way the woman feel about her illness. When she talks about the patches being...
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