Criticism And Symbolism In 'The Yellow Wall-Paper'

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The short story “The Yellow Wall-paper” is a significant work of American feminist literature, illustrated attitudes of female’s health during the 19th century, presented in the first person point of view. The story indicates the narrator had “temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency” at the beginning. Thus, the narrator is forbidden from working, a form of treatment, in her room where adhered the yellow wall-paper. Where she depicts her communicates her abhorrence for her room wall-paper and constrained passivity, a secret journal is kept by the narrator. The narrator, at the end of the story, entirely identified with the woman incarcerated in the wall-paper, but her husband realizes her and falls down in shock. She keeps crawling, right over his fallen body. During the short story, it is repeating shown up “yellow wall-paper” 34 times, which construct the setting, protagonist, and symbol. This essay will…show more content…
As the setting of the short story, the yellow wall-paper entirely emphasizes the ethereal feelings and the attitudes conveyed in the story. The one of the examples is at the beginning of the short story, also the first time mentioned the wall-paper: “I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind” The narrator attitude is extraordinary, because usually human excepts to interact with another people or animal, and in this sentence, the contrast between “a living soul” and “dead paper” constitutes a feeling of depression, something is embarrassing to mention which imply

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