The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Living Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story telling the struggles of a new mother fighting within herself for her freedom and independence. At the center of the story is a narrator who remains anonymous until the end of the story. At the end Gilman will “force readers to reconsider Jane’s entire narrative by means of the story’s conclusion, when Jane finally speaks her own name for the first time as she creeps over her husband’s inert body” (Barth 4724). Gilman uses point of view, irony, and symbolism to help the reader understand the role of women at the turn of the twentieth century. A brief examination of these tools will show how “The Yellow Wallpaper” achieves its stirring effect. Gilman decides to keep the narrator’s identity a secret from the readers until the end of the story. She does this by using first-person point of view. The use of first-person allows the reader to further connect to the narrator and author. “The story is an inner tale, written as diary entries in the first person by a woman in distress. Perhaps without intending it, Gilman drew on her own utterances in her journals…” (Horowitz 176). Gilman only allows the readers to see and know things as Jane does. Gilman puts the reader into Jane’s mind when “she withdraws into her thoughts, which form the running interior monologue of her mental collapse” (Barth 4722). The internal monologue shows the limited insight into Jane’s condition. Her condition…

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