The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Gilman

843 Words Mar 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Have you ever experienced an event that seemed to go beyond the laws of nature? Has a particular location ever sparked an eerie feeling of uncertainty within you? In Charlotte Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, a female narrator lives in a rundown colonial mansion with her husband. As the story progresses, signs of her loss of composure become evident and it becomes increasingly more difficult to explain the events that occur. By the end of the narrative, the narrator losses herself and tears apart the yellow wallpaper that had become her fixation. Within “The Yellow Wallpaper” there are various supernatural or gothic elements that are presented to the reader.
One aspect of the narrative that demonstrates supernatural elements is the setting. This is first shown through the notion of the rundown colonial mansion. As the narrator mentions to readers, “A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house” (Gilman 1). Since the narrator discusses her house in terms of it being haunted and rundown, it hints to readers that there are supernatural element that flow within. Such elements include the idea of ghosts and the dark eerie feelings that are often associated with rundown structures when compared to newer ones. In addition, the notion of a hereditary colonial estate forges the implication of a history that lies within the home’s walls. Often times the supernatural elements within a house are defined by events that previously occurred within and…

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