Interpretation In The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Gilman

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Imagine having to stay in a room for a couple months. In addition to that, picture having little to none human contact. The room is locked from the outside and has barred windows. It is extremely bare, except for the bed. The only thing to keep you company is this horrid, yellow wallpaper. Hours feel like days and days feel like weeks, and the only thing there is that yellow wallpaper. You would go crazy! Well, this is what happened to the nameless narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper. The Yellow Wallpaper was written by Charlotte Gilman. The story illustrates the descent into madness many women faced during the 19th century. In The Yellow Wallpaper, author Charlotte Gilman used the yellow wallpaper to symbolize the inability to be expressive and …show more content…
In the beginning, the narrator constantly complained about the wallpaper looking “sickly” and “dull”. In the beginning of the story, John constantly commented about her imagination. “He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency” (Gilman). Unknowingly, she allowed herself to be completely drawn into her fantasies and not fear what was happening to her. John’s quote could be an example of foreshadowing, due to the fact the she became nearly obsessed with a figment of her imagination. All of the narrator’s time and energy was now being focused into the …show more content…
Regularly, at night, the woman in the wallpaper tries to escape. “She just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.” (Gilman). The “yellow woman” was trapped in the wallpaper with no means to escape. For example, the narrator wrote, “The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out.” (Gilman). The narrator constantly visualized the “yellow woman” attempting to escape the wallpaper, similar to how she wanted to escape the room. The “yellow woman” represents the narrator. Both women are entrapped in a location they do not wish to

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