The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Gilman

927 Words May 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Shahzadi Aimen

Descent into the Darkness

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Gilman set in 1892 embodies the caprice of narrator about the existence and entity of the real world around her. The thin line between reality and fantasy is blurred as she descends into the deep abyss of the twisted realm of her mind. She becomes the victim of her own imaginations and fabrications by letting her artistry win over the truth. She becomes a victim by losing her touch with reality but by escaping reality she finds a type of freedom and comes out a survivor.

From the very beginning of the story, the narrator shows her disagreement about every decision that her husband makes but complies on it anyway. Although, she communicated with her husband clearly, he did not give any real consideration and was very dismissive towards her feelings. The role of a woman and a man was already dictated by the society of that time, so she acknowledged and accepted it but wasn’t content with it. The author seems to suggest that unequal marriage and the expectations in that society robbed a woman from expressing their emotions and feelings. "One expects that in marriage" and "what can one do?" (Gilman 3) clearly shows that the narrator is under the control of the social norm just like any other woman in that era.

John, her husband and a physician who seemed to love her and took care of all her needs, failed to understand the negative effects his treatment and the whole situation had on her.…

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