The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Gilman

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman is a story of a woman with a wild imagination as well as a sufferer of post-partum depression. Her husband Jon takes her to another house, to “get better” from her diagnosis of what he believes is hysteria. While she is there she explains her life through a series of journal entries that discuss the downward spiral of the narrator’s experience during the time she is at this house. Throughout her diary there are examples of symbolism, Jon’s treatment towards his wife, and most importantly the significance of the famous yellow wallpaper.
Throughout the story we encounter many forms of symbolism including the narrators desire to write and the fear of what she doesn’t yet know. As you read you will notice how the narrator only writes when Jon is not home because, she is not allowed to write in order for her sickness to go away sooner. Even though she isn’t allowed to write, she does it anyways because she believes it would do her good although, it does make her very tired. She says “I did write awhile in spite of them; but it does exhaust me a good deal-having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition” (Gilman 470). She also talks about how she is unsure about the house that Jon is taking her to. It is beautiful but at the same time she doesn’t know what is going to happen during her stay at this house and it scares her. In one of her many journal entries she says “That spoils my ghostliness, I am afraid, but I don’t…

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