Analysis Of Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

1179 Words Sep 26th, 2016 5 Pages
The functionality of the human mind and how it processes information is quite fascinating. The "observation" of a mentally ill patient is mostly shown. However how often do readers get to examine the patients mind from their point of view? " I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity" (Edgar Poe). The tricky part is to see the steps a mental patient follows on their road to recovery or downfall . In " The Yellow Wallpaper" , Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses foreshadowing to illustrate the unraveling of the patients mind.

Denial is said to be the first step to recovery; Gilman foreshadows that the patients mind is getting worse but can not give in to it."...temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency -what is one to do" (par.10). The patient hints that there isn 't a way to deny her diagnosis , no matter if she believes it or not, she has to not give in to the unknown answer. " Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able...." ( par. 50). The patient is foreshadowing her constant battle , to not drift off the tedious unfulfilling schedule. "...nothing was worse for a nervous patient than to give way to such fantasies"( par. 55). Gilman foreshadows that the fear of authority and of no freedom, was the determining factor that contributed to the patient being slathered in the denial of her own mental health." ....John cautioned me....So I try "(par. 60). This foreshadowing illustrates that there is more than just the…

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