Analysis Of ' The Yellow Wallpaper ' By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1566 Words Mar 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Two different women experience imprisonment in more ways than one. In W;t, Margaret Edson has simulated the journey of Vivian Bearing, a Ph.D. professor of Seventeenth-Century Poetry. Vivian is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer and is undergoing intensive treatment. Her participation in experimental chemotherapy prompts her to reevaluate her life as it is. As a result of this, her history of being an unemotional professor begins to fade. Similarly, in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Charlotte Perkins Gilman tells a story about the protagonist and her husband John, who are spending the summer away as a treatment for her mental illness. Loneliness strikes and the protagonist finds herself becoming obsessed with the wallpaper in their temporary home. Edson and Gilman suggest that the control that comes with imprisonment, allowed Vivian and the protagonist to experience rebirth. Illness as imprisonment sets Vivian and the protagonist 's journey to rebirth. Vivian 's feeling about her position in the research is apparent when she tells herself “All right. Significant contribution to knowledge. Eight cycles of chemotherapy” (Edson 16). Very short and to the point, she shows passive acceptance of what is to be. However, her true feelings of denial are short lived when her treatment takes its toll. After a very brief visit from Jason, one of the fellows working with her doctor, she speaks amongst herself “No. I am in isolation because I am being treated for cancer. My treatment…

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