Literary Analysis On The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Literary Analysis on “The Yellow Wallpaper”
The journal “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1892. This journal, is written by an unknown narrator describing her trip to a summer home with her husband and sister-in-law that was intended to improve her mental illness. The narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper” was described as having a mental illness that was being treated by her husband, John, who was a physician. Throughout the story, her mental illness becomes drastically worse due to the mistreatment from her husband. During this time, there was not a lot of information known about mental illnesses and physicians did not really have an idea of how to treat them. The author, Charlotte Gilman, actually had a mental
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At the beginning of the journal when she first enters her room, one of the first thing that she notices is the yellow wall paper. She first goes into detail of how much she dislikes this yellow wallpaper. The narrator begins to describe the condition that it is in, how torn and ripped the paper is which is ironically similar to her mental stability. A few weeks go by and she begins to see images of faces and figures coming from underneath the wallpaper. A little time passes, and then the narrator made the comment of “there are things in the wallpaper that nobody knows about but me, or ever will” (Gilman 81). Here, she is unknowingly making a reference to herself about her mental condition. The narrator describes to her husband what she is feeling and what is exactly going on in her head, and John just simply ignores her by just continuing the helpless treatment. By saying nobody understands what the narrator sees in that wallpaper is like making the statement nobody understands exactly what is going on in her head besides herself. The narrator mentions how she sees a woman being hind the paper and making the comment of “she wanted to get out” (Gilman 82). Again, the narrator makes a reference to either herself being locked in the room and wanting to leave or wanting to cure her mental condition. At this point in the journal, the narrator begins to become obsessed with the wallpaper as it is affecting her sleeping cycle. She stays up all night because the moon casts a different light on the wallpaper making the image of the “woman” in the wallpaper more clear. The narrator then beings sleeping during the day allowing her to stay up night after night to look at the wall paper. She sees sometimes one woman and then she begins to see multiple woman that are trying to climb through the pattern.

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