The Theme Of Death In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In the story, The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman the story is told through a series of journal entries belonging to the main character. She along with her husband John, who is a physician, are on a holiday trip residing in a colonial estate that is described to be a beautiful place with marvelous gardens yet, the narrator states that the home possess an eerie aura that leaves her with an unsettling feeling that her husband claims is due to her illness., which is the reason for their trip. The main charter is being treated for a,” temporary nervous depression-a slight hysterical tendency,” (Gillman, 1999, pg. 74) that requires her to be in constant rest as well as a scheduled medical prescription that requires her to take pills …show more content…
She views the wallpaper to be atrocious, “I never saw a worse paper in my life… they suddenly commit suicide- plunge off at outrages angels, destroy themselves...,” (Gillman,1999, pg. 76). And even though she does not want to sleep in that room, John states that in order for her to get better she must rest in a room with lots of windows in order to get fresh air. He shows no sympathy towards the narrator and her troubles and instead tells her that she is simply imagining everything, “He said that after the wallpaper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows...,” (Gillman,1999, pg. 77). It was uncommon for middle and upper class women to suffer from nervous tremors as a result of the creation of femininity as a result of their marital discontent and being unfulfilled with their lives. Women sought to be independent however, they were forced to fill domestic roles, “Childlike, nonassertive, helpless without a man content in a world of bedroom and kitchen, sex, babies and home,” (Bordo, 2014, pg. 746). The narrator who is unable to do any activities that might exert her or write was slowly being drawn to madness by being confined in the nursery, in which she began to see eye within the wallpaper that would follow her around everywhere, “A recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes...blinking are everywhere…the eyes go all up and down the line…”, (Gillman,1999, pg. 78). John threatened her that if she did not start to get better, the narrator would be sent to Weir Mitchell – that only worsened her condition, where she would constantly be in tears. Slowly but surely she became to identify herself with the wallpaper as a result of no one taking her illness seriously, “there is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is a false and foolish

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