The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The influence of 19th Century realism and the truthful representation of American life are evident in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” While …show more content…
At the beginning of the story, the narrator seems very lucid as she illustrates to readers the majestic summer home she is vacationing in while recovering from her “illness.” She is seemingly content with her environment aside from the wallpaper in the room she is residing in:
This quote is important because it establishes the narrator’s repugnance, and eventual obsession towards the wallpaper.
Throughout the entire story the narrator is seemingly becoming more and more delusional. This effect is heightened by the expressed anxiety of the narrator as she is forbidden to write by her husband, and is supervised during the day by her sister-in-law. She however, continues to make entries sporadically in secret:
This quote is the meaningful because it exemplifies the secretive measures taken by the narrator in order to continue writing in discreet, despite having been forbid to do so by her husband. It also further illustrates the narrator’s beginning obsession with the mysterious yellow wallpaper. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s realistic portrayal of the narrator’s reserved writing furthers the stories plausibility, and helps to propagate its association with realism. By focusing on the characters instead of the plot, we as readers are