Analysis Of `` The Yellow Wallpaper `` By Florence Perkins Gilman And Witty Ticcy Ray By Oliver Sacks

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The human brain subconsciously lends itself to traumatic experiences that occur throughout one’s life. One by one, these incidents may hold the power to take what was once sane and turn it on its head. These traumas, regardless of their severity, cause an imaginary footprint in a person’s brain and the longer they fester, the larger they become. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “Witty Ticcy Ray” by Oliver Sacks both show signs of two very different versions of what can be deemed crazy. Both use themes of confinement and manipulation to bring the instability of their characters to the forefront. These narratives show one’s decent into madness and another’s potential way out but Emily Dickinson’s “Much Madness is Divinest Sense” illustrates something quite different. In her poem, she poses the idea that maybe the crazy, “unstable” people are truly the sane ones, and the sane are the people who must seek help. Using the poem in comparing itself to “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Witty Ticcy Ray,” it shows the similarities between the three texts and the madness that lies within them. When the issue lies within a person’s weakened emotional state or when they are most vulnerable, manipulation becomes much easier to fall victim to. It takes a few choice words and a person of a higher standing and someone can be easily convinced that there is something wrong with them. As a whole, Dickinson’s poem is stating that those who are mad may be as sane as they come,…

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