The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Gilman

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In the first story that I read, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, the author describes the mental state of the main character by making the reader question why the patient has such a great obsession with the yellow wallpaper in her room. Something about the paper fascinates the patient and causes her to believe things are happening to and around her that are not at all. At one point the patient strangely described, “This bed will not move! I tried to push it until I was lame, and then I got so angry I bit off a little piece of one corner - but it hurt my teeth”(446). This shows how the patient was crazy enough to bite a part of her bed, but then state out the obvious that it hurt her teeth, even though that would have gone through the mind of a sane person before they would bite a bed. Later in the story she starts to stare at the wallpaper for a long time, studying the patterns and designs along the wall until she quotes, “But now I am used to it. The only thing I can think of that it is the color of the paper! A yellow smell”(445). As of today in 2015, I don’t believe that the color of yellow has been established by any sort of published piece of writing. The only thing that I could see the patient imagining at this point is different types of food that are yellow and how they smell. On any other circumstance I would say that the color yellow has no definite smell and that the statement made was clearly delusional. Near the end of the story, the patient…

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