The Yellow Wallpaper Symbolism Essay

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The Yellow Wallpaper
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a short story that could drive just about anyone mad reading it. That was not the Authors goal though. Her true goal in writing The Yellow Wallpaper was actually to save women from going mad due to the resting cure which was highly popularized in Gilman’s life. The Yellow Wallpaper is more than just a fictional story, but a piece of literature that speaks on behalf of women and shows how much the female sex has been silenced by men. This silencing of females is very easily seen through, the main character’s relationship with her husband and how it changes, how the narrator changes throughout the story, and what the yellow wallpaper symbolizes.
In the beginning of the
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Going beyond it’s obvious purpose in the story, the yellow wallpaper symbolizes many important things. One key thing the wallpaper symbolizes is the restrictions on women put in place by men. When the narrator describes the paper she says, “in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard,” (1400). The narrator may be picturing herself being trapped behind the bars unable to control her life and her health, but this picture goes beyond just the narrator. In this time women were greatly hindered in the world and here basically kept behind bars and were not allowed to make their own decisions in their lives leaving them feeling …show more content…
Through the Narrator’s relationship with her husband, how the narrator changes through out the story, and the symbolism behind the yellow wallpaper, the female struggle is shown very obviously. The Author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, never directly says her opinions about the female struggle and how women should be treated in society but shows her opinions and thoughts to the reader through character development, and symbolism. Through the narrator the reader can see into a world of insanity, and depression. The narrator although she is not one hundred percent trust worthy at sometimes really shows the reader what the world is like when you have no control over your life and you are on the brink of insanity. Through character to character relations, and character development the struggle women face in this time period is very

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