An Analysis Of Strawberry Spring, By Charlotte Gilman

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In the first story that I read, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, the author describes the mental state of the main character by making the reader question why the patient has such a great obsession with the yellow wallpaper in her room. Something about the paper fascinates the patient and causes her to believe things are happening to and around her that are not at all. At one point the patient strangely described, “This bed will not move! I tried to push it until I was lame, and then I got so angry I bit off a little piece of one corner - but it hurt my teeth”(446). This shows how the patient was crazy enough to bite a part of her bed, but then state out the obvious that it hurt her teeth, even though that would have gone through …show more content…
It is hard for the character to do this because every time he is out at night when there is fog, he tends to forget what happened later in those nights. Do to the fact of him not remembering events occurring in his life during the fog, he puts two and two together to see that something is related to the murders and him not remembering what went on. Near the beginning of the story after one of the murders, the main character was walking to class and stated, “On my way past there to my ten o clock class, I was asked to show my student ID. I was clever. I showed him the one without the fangs”(2) When I read this I thought that either the man had some sort of sinister side to him wear showing a picture of him with fangs would scare or creep someone out, or that he might of had actual fangs but was able to hide them from people with a fake ID or something of that nature. One of the nights he went for a walk to get some fresh air and explained, “The people I passed under the haloed streetlights were murmuring shadows, and all of them seemed to be lovers, walking with hands and eyes linked”(3). I think that with this quote, the author is trying …show more content…
In this story, Poe shows the mental state of the character by having him explain all the actions he takes in great detail, but not anything else like his name or where he is now. When he was in the room with the old man he quoted, “ All in vain; because Death, in approaching him, had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim”(38). I think the author is trying to show us how the character thinks that death is already upon the old man and that he will die anyways. After he kills the man he tells the reader, “If you still think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body”(39). Hear the author shows the mental state of the character by making the reader want to question his state of sanity and for the character to describe in detail what he did with the old man’s body after he killed him. Finally, near the end of the story when he is sitting with the two policemen, he describes in his head, “ They heard! -they suspected! -they knew! -they were making a mockery of my horror! -this I thought, and this I think”(39). Hear the character is falling into a state of psychotic paranoia because he can’t get these noises out of his head and he thinks the police are trying to trick

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