Critical Analysis Of The Yellow Wallpaper

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Written in the 1890’s, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story which represents many social problems that woman in the late 1800’s faced. By using a first person point of view, she conveys a message that showed how women suffered from oppressive power that many men used on women. This story describes the narrator as a sick, mildly depressed woman, who is prescribed by her husband who is a physician to “rest” cure. As she rests in her room, she begins to endlessly stare at the yellow wallpaper, and begins seeing things within the pattern. The story portrays the struggle of how women were dominated by men, and how the narrator is freed from John her husband, and sanity, in order not to be suppressed by men. “The Yellow…show more content…
The ending of this story is really interesting because as the wallpaper was making the narrator insane it also helped her to get free from John’s control. Some may say that is a happy ending since she is free. That is the case, but she also lost complete control of her mind. This is shown when John comes in and Jane says, “I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”(Gillman 483). We can infer that she has lost complete control and switched spots with the person in the wallpaper who was behind the bars as she was ripping the wallpaper piece by piece. This shows that she can never be normal and is now just a formless figure. One critic says that “it’s a simple story about the desire for escape from male control, and a story about the desire to escape female world” (Ammons 490). This is true because, John controlled her throughout this story, by telling her to rest, and not be free. By the end, we see that there is nothing left of…show more content…
The wallpaper symbolizes the dominating effect that men had on women in the late 1800’s. The symbol of the wallpaper grows throughout the story, from the moment the narrator describes the wallpaper as “The color is repellent, almost revolting: a smouldering unclean yellow” (Gilman 474). As she begins to stare and find the meaning of the wallpaper, she begins to find patterns, and particular marking, and because of this she finds a woman trapped behind bars. As she notices as the women tries to escape and the narrator “peeled off yards of the paper” (Gilman 482). The wallpaper represents how women are trapped by the dominating society of men. As the narrator rips the wallpaper it represents the women being freed from John’s way, and shows how the narrator was right about her illness and is gifted with the reward of
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