Analysis of the Yellow Wallpaper 1
Charlene Pryor Teacher Kathryn Warren English 2329 March 6, 2011 “The Yellow Wallpaper” In the story of “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the lead character is the storyteller, and experiences mental illness that she refers to as anxiousness. Her husband, nevertheless, refuses to admit that she is ill, but has actually taken her to a summer season rental home for a treatment of rest. John is a doctor and prescribes one hour of rest each day, and has actually limited her from visitors, taking a trip, or taking part in any activity that he considers to be demanding, including the everyday home tasks, taking care of the baby, or writing, which she sees to be her stress outlet.
The societal expectations of the ladies of the 19th century were that they submissive, pious, pure, and domestic. “It does weigh on me so not to do my duty in any way!” (Gilman). This is a reflection of the inner conflict the protagonist feels due to society’s expectations of her, and the sensations of regret she has for refraining from doing her part of the household chores and taking care of the children. “Personally I think that congenial work, with enjoyment and change, would do me great” (Gilman). It appears that the storyteller doesn’t agree with her spouse’s prescribed therapy.
However, she is submissive to the constraints of her treatment with the exception that she covertly begins to compose. The consequence of the battle between her sensations of oppression, and her mental disorder being misunderstood and maltreated, is that the narrator experiences a psychotic episode. The space that she as soon as discovered so repulsive, she finds haven in now, and declines to leave. Her supreme flexibility from the restraints of her life is her madness. The wallpaper in “The Yellow Wallpaper” symbolizes the storyteller’s feelings of privacy and repression.
John, her husband chooses that their room will be what utilized to be a nursery upstairs that has yellow wallpaper. Secluded from the outside world, the lead character obsesses over the yellow wallpaper in her space that she discovers to be repulsive and nasty smelling. The feelings of disappointment and repression are likewise exemplified by the storyteller’s attitude towards the wallpaper. She discovers the artwork and lines of the paper to be annoying, yet is surprised at “expression in an inanimate thing” (Gilman). Her criticism of the wallpaper is an expression f her anger at being secluded for rest treatment and the overbearing society she lives. “This paper aims to me as if it understood what a vicious impact it had!” (Gilman). It is evident that she is aware at this point that the wallpaper has an unfavorable result on her. As she focuses on the lines of the wallpaper, she begins to see a lady behind bars who is peaceful and calm throughout the day. By night the lady shakes the bars and attempts to get away. On the last night of their set up remain in the house, she starts tearing the wallpaper down, which represents her attempt to break out of her subservient life.
She is fearful to keep an eye out the window so she will not see “the sneaking females” (Gilman). “I question if they all come out of that wall-paper as I did” (Gilman). This is a direct representation of how she has actually lost touch with truth and views herself as the lady behind the bars in the wallpaper. Works Cited Gilman, Charlotte P. “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Boston, MA.: Small & & Maynard, 1899. http://www. library. csi. cuny. edu/dept/history/ lavender/wallpaper. html. Web. February 28, 2011.