Essay On The Yellow Wallpaper

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“The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is an intimate short story written in journal-style first person. The woman writes about her experiences and feelings in her temporary home for the next three months in the time that her doctor-husband treats her for her “nervous condition”. As the story begins, she talks about her husband who wants her to rest and not to do any work or writing as a method to cure her condition. To distract her thoughts from her illness, she marvels at the beauty and mystery of the mansion by describing the layout of the court and the beautiful garden. She writes a great deal about her bedroom and is immediately in disgust by the color of the wallpaper. She writes about her thoughts in a diary day by day as she closely analyses the …show more content…
Towards the end she proceeds to place confidence in her husband when he tells her that she is getting better. Nevertheless, she continues on her required “rest cure” losing her sanity and develops immense illusions, shocking everyone around her. The author uses various types of language such as symbolism, diction, and imagery in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” to perfectly convey the central idea to the readers that the oppression and detainment of women under a patriarchal system to remove the sense of independence can lead to severe isolation and the loss of sanity. The author portrays symbolism in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by giving utmost focus to the way the woman contemplates the wallpaper over a period of three months. The wallpaper is symbolic considering it represents the woman trapped to herself with no ones regard for her condition worsening. She is the only one that sees the patterns in the paper change as time passes on account that it is in her mind and correlates to the way she feels and the state of her condition. At the beginning of the story the woman scrutinizes a variety of patterns she makes out of the wallpaper, “There is a recurrent spot where the pattern

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