A Woman's Descent Into Insanity In The Yellow Wallpaper

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” Analysis
The short story “The Yellow wallpaper” is a story about a woman’s descent into insanity. The story begins with the narrator and her husband moving into what seems to be a temporary vacation home. It is obvious in the beginning that the narrator is going through something or suffering through some type of illness. The narrator puts trust in her husband and follows his direct orders, even if they make her unhappy. Unfortunately, things start to go awry as she’s trapped in a putrid, yellow wallpapered room. The more and more time that the narrator spends in this room, she slowly descends into chaos. She starts to get fascinated by the things in the wallpaper and perhaps a meaning behind it, until she finally reaches her answer. The steps leading to her final revelation and her ultimate insanity are written throughout the
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First, her description of the yellow in the wallpaper, “not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things” (654) links with her true perception of her marriage. The longer she stays in the room, the more opportunity she has to analyze the space behind her as well as her marriage with her husband; she loves him, but their relationship is toxic. Next, the narrator’s obsession with the mystery behind the wallpaper spreads throughout the house. Their marriage and the harsh reality behind it is now looming over her wherever she goes around the house. “I find it hovering in the dining-room, skulking in the parlor, dining in the hall, lying in wait for me on the stairs” (654). The narrator goes on to say basically that at every turn, the smell, the presence of the secrecy behind the wallpaper is at every turn she makes around the house. Her marriage and her bondage to it is haunting

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