Lit Analysis of "The Yellow Wallpaper"

663 Words Oct 22nd, 2013 3 Pages
Michelle Feldner
English 1302
March 28, 2013
Literary Analysis Essay

At first glance, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story can be confusing to read. You may think you are reading about a woman who is losing her mind, or as the narrators husband says “there is nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression”(9), but in all actuality it’s about a woman who is suffering from post partum depression. Even though the plot of this story is based around her illness, there is another objective to the story, to deliver a completely unrelated message. Gilman seeks instead to evoke a message of individual expression and successfully does so by recording the progression of the illness, through the state of
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She describes the wallpaper as “…dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide-plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions (33). This is a very important to the story because it not only describes how the woman feels about herself but also what her husband’s treatment is doing to her. It refers to her sense of inferiority; it also says that if she keeps following her husband ridiculous suggestion her fate is destined to “commit suicide”. He does not allow her to express herself how she feels she needs to.
So she begins to fantasize about the wallpaper. She imagines people, scenes, colorful artwork, and mostly anything imaginable on the paper. The more she lets herself dream, and use her mind, the more confident she becomes. The woman that she sees in the paper is really herself, at first the woman is hidden in the background of the paper, this symbolizes the main character’s fear of presenting herself and her opinion.
When John said she seemed to be doing well is spite of the wallpaper, she “turned it off with a laugh.”(165) This is the point where she begins to see the woman emerging from the paper. Finally she lets herself completely go. She no longer cares what anyone thinks. She gives in to herself and allows her feelings to be expressed. The woman

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