Analysis Of The Book ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

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Contribution of Oppression To Charlottes Mental Distress Charlotte Perkins Gilman, in the “The Yellow Wallpaper” uses an unusual writing style for her journal-like story; as a result revealing her gradual mental breakdown throughout the story. The excessive usage of “and” and dashes implies withheld information and shows lack of coherency between her sentences and thoughts while the use of exclamation mark shows her nervous excitement. Although, John fails to understand his wife, both as a physician and more importantly as her husband, the narrator, as his wife understands John quite well. Male dominance and stereotypical gender roles are shown in this story through the treatment of women’s opinions as a minor and their emotions as an illness.

The journal-like style and the present tense the narrator uses show that she is recording the events occurring and what is happening to her rather than reflecting on it. The style of the short story gives us an insight into the writer’s personality and voice. She starts writing about the haunted house and how she believes that there’s something odd about the house, and continues to assert what she thinks about the house in the passage; however, her husband does not agree. “John is practical in the extreme. He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition, and he scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures.” She has her own viewpoint…

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