Symbolism Of The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Symbolism of “The Yellow Wallpaper”
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses symbolism to explain the purpose of the wallpaper, and why it’s one of the largest symbols in the story. The narrator is part of the wallpapers symbolism and the reason why it deprives such a big part in the story. The women trapped behind the wallpaper explains the mental block men attempted to place on women “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a symbol of the restriction on women, the struggle for equality, and the possibilities of the female sex during the 1800’s.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman gives her readers the opportunity to be in the narrators shoes to feel what she is feeling. It is not as easy to understand what women went through, back in the 1800’s. Women where restricted from so much in life to where they could not defend for themselves, there men always spoke for them. So women did not have a self of independence. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, it is obvious that the narrator had to depend on her husband for everything, especially when she is sick he tells her never to say those words again but she sees otherwise. The wallpaper that makes a big point throughout the story, wraps around the narrator that thinks women could be trapped behind the wallpaper, but in all reality, she is freeing herself. The narrator dislikes the wallpaper and says, “The paint and paper look as if a boy’s school had used it. It is stripped off the paper in great patches all around the head of my bed,…

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