The House in “the Yellow Wallpaper” Ambivalence or Brilliance?

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Philipps-Universität Marburg FB 10: Fremdsprachliche Philologien Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Class: Academic Writing |
Instructor: Dr. Johanna Heil

The House in “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Ambivalence or Brilliance?

Name: Anas Asmaeil
Module: Literary Studies: History
Semesters Studied: 1
Address: Adam-Krafft.7, 35039, Marburg
Date of Submission: February 29, 2016
Student ID: 2739275

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction 1
2. [Main Part I]
2.1 Gothic Element 2.2 Feminism
3. Conclusion 1 [Bibliography]

1. Introduction: “All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.” By Georg Eliot
It goes without saying that the more one ponders
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Argument: 3.1. Gothic Element:
The house in Gilman’s work is very present and is impossible not to recognize as a dominant gothic setting out of which the protagonist barely steps. Spooky, eerie and haunted houses are some of the prominent settings that make the Gothic genre very popular. And perhaps what almost always succeeds in terrifying us, the readers, is that creepy indoor setting in which some gothic tales take place. Novels like Richard Matheson's Hell House, stories like Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” are just a few fine examples of the important role these eerie houses play in such tales.
The horrific adversity of the protagonist in “The Yellow Wallpaper” does not start right when she is introduced into the rented abode. Actually, at first, the house was not scary at all. This was clear when she said: “The most beautiful place! It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three miles from the village. [...] There is a DELICIOUS garden! I never saw such a garden—large and shady, full of box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them” (Gilman 4). Nonetheless, the gradual change of atmosphere is what makes the story very interesting. The house from the inside was also joyful. However, there was something about the wallpaper in that large, breezy, sunny nursery in which she was forced to sleep that made it unpleasant to the eye and unrelaxing

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