The Yellow Wallpaper

Topics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Silas Weir Mitchell Pages: 1 (367 words) Published: August 27, 2013
The story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, was interesting with deep symbolic undertones. The story starts out with John and his wife moving to a colonial estate for the summer. Meanwhile, the woman finds the mansion to be “a haunted house” and still she thought it had something “queer” about it. This estate and her environment have much to do with this woman’s fate. The woman just had a baby, so most of her depression could come from this big event in her life but the baby is only mentioned a few times near the beginning of the story. After she settles in the new house, the yellow wallpaper starts to bother her, which is a key turning point in this woman’s life. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is symbolic for the main character’s sanity and her entrapment, physically and mentally.

The yellow wallpaper acts like a mental entrapment for the main character. At the end of the story, the main character rips down the yellow wallpaper to release the woman behind the paper. This was symbolic because even though she saw a woman, this woman was her. When the narrator was angry she put that onto the wallpaper, so that is why she ripped the wallpaper down. She was trapped behind the pattern and she couldn’t move from it. This is the point where her sickness has gotten to the worst extent. This woman is full on crazy now. The wallpaper led her to create her own madness. The main character says in the story, “There are things in the wallpaper that nobody knows about but me, or ever will.” . Not even John knew what was really going on because he was always working and never took his wife’s thoughts too seriously. These complex symbols used in "The Yellow Wall-Paper" create Gilman's portrayal of the oppression of women in the nineteenth century. Her twist on traditional symbols that usually provide a sense of security and safety adds to this woman's own oppression, contribute to the trapped feeling. Gilman pushes this to the limit by taking those...
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