The Yellow Wallpaper

Topics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Yellow Pages: 4 (1131 words) Published: May 16, 2014
 Joycelyn Oppong
ENG 101
Professor Lam
Essay 2/ Draft 1
March 25, 2014
Literary Analysis of “The Yellow Wallpaper.”
“The yellow wallpaper” a story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman talks about a woman who had a nervous depression and is married to a doctor who is also a physician as well. Due to her condition she was placed in a room alone, in the room she couldn’t write nor do things to get her busy but instead to relax and exercises. This was because her husband (John) feels her writing, as well as she thinking about her condition and she not getting enough rest was the reason behind her sickness.  But this ended up, affecting her even more than he thought, because there was this yellow wallpaper in the room which she feels is coming after her and whenever she tells her husband about it, to change the room he doesn't pay attention to it. Also she feels discourage because no one seem to have any interest in her work (writing). Her isolation from the world and people ended her life in a more critical condition causing her insanity. This story demonstrates both the power of positive influences and also our own individual power to rise above the negative influences around us. In the beginning of the story, the narrator suffers a mental illness, but her husband who is a physician sees her illness to be just a nervous depression. This is because he was following the influence of other doctors by prescribing rest drug for her rather than listing to her. Also In order to help her sickness go faster, he decided to put away of the things that bring her excitement and get her busy especially her work. In this case she will concentrate more of herself and this would stop her from thinking about her condition. But the narrator feels that, that is not a good idea, she feels that the better way to make her feel better is to “sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimuli.” (pg. 3). This shows that the...
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