Miscommunication In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins

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Throughout the entirety of time, people have always communicated in different ways. However, these methods were not always beneficial to their relationships. Occasionally, there is a lack of communication, such as in Mrs. Spring Fragrance. There is miscommunication, for example, between Alida Slade and Grace Ansley in Roman Fever. Also, there is one-sided communication, such as in the Yellow Wallpaper. People have to figure out a way to resolve these communication issues to maintain healthy relationships. The issues can easily ruin relationships if not resolved quickly. Throughout these three stories, there have been various different types of communication that have proven to evoke many emotions between the characters. In the Yellow Wallpaper, …show more content…
Grace Ansley and Alida Slade’s entire relationship was based on a lie. They both believed something that was false and it turned into a complete misunderstanding. It was all caused by their miscommunication between each other and their husbands. In the end of the short story, Grace tells Alida that she replied to the letter and that Delphin received it and actually showed up at the Coliseum. That information shocks Alida, however, she responds by brushing it off and saying at least she had him for twenty-five years and all Grace had was the one letter that Delphin did not even write himself. However, Grace responds by saying, “I had Barbara” (Wharton 836). This is a very abrupt and shocking final statement. In the article “’I Had Barbara’: Women’s Ties and Wharton’s Roman Fever”, Rachel Bowlby writes, “The scandalous information then appears to sort out several doubts and suspicions that Wharton has carefully planted during the course of the narrative” (38). Alida had always envied Grace’s daughter Barbara and never could understand how she had been produced from two people such as Grace and Horace. Also, after that late night at the Coliseum Grace had become sick and only two months after that night did she marry Horace. The reason she got married so fast and abruptly was to cover up the

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