Theme Of Loneliness And Isolation In Short Story

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Effects of loneliness and isolation in the short stories “Metamorphosis” and “The Yellow Wallpaper”

In Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the
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Gregor felt an obligation to

contribute to his family financially and to help them recover from previous debts owed. Strangely,

Gregor does not obsess about the fact that he has physically changed into a completely different form. His only real concern is that he is no longer able to go to work and make money. It is almost as if his entire

human life revolved around his working and providing for his family. The transition to insect life was

lonely and unpleasant being that he was stuck with his thoughts about how he was no longer able to do

as he had always done, provide for his family. Gregor, being transformed was stuck in circumstances

that led to him being completely alone and alienated from all he felt comfortable with. The internal

struggle suffered by Gregor throughout the story led to him becoming depressed and complacent, which

inevitably led to his premature death. Without being able to fulfill his previous obligations, Gregor felt

useless and that he was a burden to his distanced family. He eventually gave up on life rather than try to

continue his transformed existence in complete solitude, while alienated from his loved ones and his
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Being confined and cut off from the people you love

can have serious psychological repercussions, especially to an individual who is already considered to be

mentally unstable. At the time the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written the treatment used in the

story was an acceptable means of treating such conditions. Medicine was not advanced to the point it is

today, so doctors did not even know that the treatment was counterproductive and definitely not

conducive to the patients recovery. The young mother’s mental state deteriorated severely to the point

where she was completely consumed by her belief that there was in fact a woman living in the

wallpaper. Her alienation from the world around her contributed heavily to her developing dementia.

The entire story was based on the reality that the methods of treating patients at that time were

completely backward and lacked any significant medical basis. The entire point of the short story was in

fact to educate people on the incorrect views on treating mental illness. The story itself stands as a

testament to the effects of alienation and loneliness on an individual, and stands to also bring light

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