What Is The Symbolism In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Charlotte Perkins story “The Yellow Wall-Paper” is set in the summer where John and his wife rent a colonial mansion out in the country side miles ways from the town. This mansion gives the appearance of a haunted house since it is isolated and is an older style home. John and his wife will face many issues while staying in the mansion such as, dealing with depression, seeing things, and being obsessed with the room. John’s wife is currently trying to recuperate and is forbidden to lift a finger, or even to take care of a child since she is recovering from some sort of a nervous depression.
John’s wife sets the tone early in the story, because she has been told by her doctor and her husband John who is also a physician that she is not to
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This is the beginning of the wall paper being the central symbol in the story. Throughout the story, the wall paper is the focus because it progresses from hatting it, to becoming obsessed with it. The woman uses unique details when describing the wall paper such as the lines going together, incomplete lines, etc. Afterward, “the faint figure behind seemed to shake the patter, just as she wanted to get out” (p.652, p15). I can say that this is her own problem because John’s wife stays awake all night staring at the paper, and then sleeps during the day. Or, it can symbolize that John’s wife is trying to come out of the wall paper but is unable to do so because she is not …show more content…
She says “the woman behind shakes it!... keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard”(p.654, 14). John’s wife continues to say that people are creeping around and also talks about freeing the woman from the wall paper. There are several aspects that I can say about the woman’s story. One, is that she may be inside an institution and those people she sees creeping are actually other patients. Secondly, the expression that the woman is coming out of the wall paper could be a reflection of herself being 100% healthy and leaving the house. Or worst case scenario, is that John’s wife is severely mentally ill since her vocabulary changed towards the end of the story from present to past tense which confuses the reader on what may be

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