The Yellow Wallpaper Analysis

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The Yellow Wallpaper, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a fictional story based on the author’s real life past connections expressed through the thoughts and writings of the narrator, a woman living in a summer vacation mansion with her physician husband, John, and his sister, Jennie. The narrator is confined in the house due to her husband’s stringent rules on the activities she is allowed to engage in, suggesting the narrator has some sort of incapability/illness. She is kept in a room upstairs, coated with yellow wall paper. As the narrator has a narrow and conservative list on what she is allowed to do, she spends a great deal of time desolated in the room. Eventually, the wallpaper draws out her insanity and convinces her that a
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The woman that the narrator believed to be trapped in the wall was a reflection of herself, and how she was trapped in her own mind barricaded by her mental illness. “I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jennie. And I’ve pulled off the most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!” The narrator is mixing up her reality and insanity, believing that she is the woman who had been captured in the wall. In reality, clearly she is not literally captured but in her mind she is her own prisoner. A realistic fiction book I read last year, Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper is similar to this story in the fact that the main character is also trapped in her own mind, however it isn’t because of a mental illness, but a physical one (cerebral palsy). In an Australian study, two out of three mentally ill patients reported feeling lonely or showed signs of reclusiveness. This is due to the fact that they are trapped in their own mind, much like the narrator in the story. The narrator keeps all of her thoughts written down suggesting her introvertedness is actually a sign of

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