Character Analysis Yellow Wallpaper

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Character Analysis Essay
English 1002
Rodems
February 7, 2011
The Yellow Wallpaper
Many people deal with post-traumatic depression and it can have a huge impact on one’s life. In the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gillman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the main character, as well as the narrator, is an unnamed woman dealing with post-traumatic depression. The exceptionally imaginative protagonist’s metamorphosis is due to her isolated confinement in a room with “yellow wallpaper” in order for her to recover from depression. This type of treatment is prescribed by her physician and husband, John, whose controlling personality demands the main character to get bed rest in a secluded room and forbid her to participate in any creative
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The main character describes the yellow wallpaper with human characteristics of it “looking” at her with some sort of “influence” on her, which results in the narrator’s obsession for the wallpaper’s pattern, as well as a curiosity of what certain power it has over her. The narrator starts to reveal “a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure that seems to skulk about…” (440). Her obsessive dwelling of the figures in the paper is recognized from, “…Things in the wallpaper that nobody knows but me, or ever will. Behind the outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day. It is always the same shape, only very numerous. And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don’t like it a bit…I wish John would take me away from here” (441). Ironically, the woman figure behind the wallpaper exemplifies the narrator’s confinement of her own life, enabling the insane narrator to determine the relationship between herself and the woman in the wallpaper are both searching for freedom. The narrator’s powerful imagination is the only freedom she has while being isolated. Possibly, her imagination might be her suppressed thoughts that were abstruse due to her irrational behavior. However, the narrator’s perception of herself and the woman in the wallpaper were searching for a way to escape their similar

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