Argumentative Essay On The Yellow Wallpaper

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Register to read the introduction… Her expressions are stimulating by the yellow wallpaper that has become the object of her attraction and she personifies the details that capture her attention. Her descriptive text of the yellow wallpaper is a representation of the narrator’s condition; the yellow “dull” color symbolizes her listless life and the “stripped patches” reflects detachment from her desire of self expression. The submissive role of the protagonist keeps her non confrontational and tight lipped. She is unable to express her true thoughts about her disgust for her life as a woman but this change when she states “The color is repellent, almost revolting… It is dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others… I should hate myself if I had to live in this room long” (327). Clearly she has already begun to compare her life to that of the wallpaper and is expressing her anger towards her controlling and oppressive …show more content…
Ironically, this discovery reflects the narrator’s descending into insanity. As the wallpaper pattern is telling a more story of her oppression it gives her a clearer understanding of her life and expectations. However we discover that she portrays a more secretive and rebellious role opposed to the timid oppressive role she earlier portrayed. She pretends around her husband, misleading him in believing that she is getting better only as a charade to prevent him from taking away any hopes she has of freeing the woman “herself” through the wallpaper: “John is so pleased to see me improved…I had no intention of telling him that it was because of the wallpaper- he would make fun of me. He might even want to take me away” (332). It is quite evident that she has discovered herself and is very careful that her plans to free herself from a repressive society must not in any way be …show more content…
The writer appears to have semi-melancholic mood throughout the story. Gilman clearly shows how the stifling plight of the narrator who was kept in isolation becomes defiant and gains a deeper understanding of her life and role in society. The woman in the wallpaper does not only represent the narrator’s own divided self but all women who are overly restrained and bound by a society that deem these women incapable of self-actualization. As a result of her preoccupation with the “the yellow wallpaper” she descends into madness, which ultimately enabled her to triumph over marital and societal constraints. Therefore the writer demonstrates that in order to gain liberty one suffers immensely before change is

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