The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman And Araby

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Alienation is a common theme in the short stories “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “Araby,” by Irishman James Joyce. The term alienation is derived from The Theory of Alienation created by German philosopher Karl Marx. His theory was discovered in the 20th century after scholars found an unpublished study by Marx now titled, the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844. Marx described his theory as a worker 's separation from the product the worker produces. This separation results in the worker being alienated from the product within the capitalist mode of production. In general terms, alienation means to feel foreign in the world or society you are living in. Throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Araby,” the main characters find themselves in pervasive states of alienation caused by their isolated, physical locations and psychological issues that both stem from a loss of control over the main character 's lives. There is no question that the lonely, unnamed boy in “Araby” and the depressed, female narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” both become socially alienated and isolated from their normal lives.

A leading cause for the female narrator 's alienation in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is the story’s isolated setting. Gilman’s narrative takes place in the late 1800’s concerning a middle-class couple who have secured an “ancestral home” for the summer. They have come to stay at this house for the summer because the narrator has…

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