The woman she imagines causes her to be more and more interested in the wall-paper. The last night they were at the house, she was alone in the room and “As soon as it was moonlight and the poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern, I got up and ran to help her” (655). The woman’s obsession with the paper got so bad over time, that combined with the other negative factors in her life she became completely crazy. Her
Her husband is a physician and he keeps telling her that she's not sick. The narrator is kept in this room with this really ugly yellow wallpaper. She hates being left in there. The narrator lays awake at night and swears she sees things moving around in that wallpaper. The more she is stuck there the more she is intrigued.
Loneliness, caused by oppression, is like the same darkness that overtakes its victim. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, in "The Yellow Wallpaper," recounts the story of a young mother who travels to a summer home to "rest" from her nervous condition. Her bedroom is an old nursery covered with ugly, yellow wallpaper. The more time she spends alone, the more she becomes obsessed with the wallpaper's patterns. She begins to imagine a woman behind bars in the paper.
The setting of this story is described as an old nursery that is located on the top floor of an old isolated mansion that is several miles off of the main road. The narrator’s treatment is “prescribed” by her husband, John, who orders her to stay in bed and separate herself from the outside world in a bedroom that previously had several different identities. “It was a nursery first, and then a playroom and gymnasium, I should judge, for all the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things in the wall”(730). The feeling the room creates around her slowly begins to alter her mindset. The barred windows create the sense of being trapped within the walls around her which slowly starts to transform the room into the identity of not just any prison, but the narrator’s prison.
Because of this, her husband John who is a ?physician of high standing? tells her she must stay in a room in a colonial mansion and is ?forbidden to ?work? until she is well again.? The woman has a feeling the house is haunted even though she is impressed that they are going to stay in such a place for their summer holiday. Once in the room, she notices the wallpaper, which is a horrible yellow colour.
Critics may claim that the insanity that the wife suffers from was not the cause of her treatments but existed early in her childhood and that the room in which she occupies is in an insane asylum. However, over the course of time her seclusion makes her fixate on yellow wallpaper in her room. Eventually her fascination of the wallpaper becomes an obsession and she begins to fantasize of imprisoned women behind the paper. By the end of the story she can no longer distinguish fiction from reality and eventually looses any sanity that she held in the beginning of the story. Additionally, the isolated treatments provided by her husband plays a great role in her breakdown and her animalistic behaviors exhibited upon her husband’s return.
As the story progresses, so does the woman's declining mental status. An example of how imagery is used to display the inferiority of women is the fact that the woman in the story is confined to the old nursery room for most of her time. Gilman describes the room as "It was nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium...windows barred for little children" (Gilman 311). The woman focuses often on the wallpaper of the nursery. It is described as, "flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin..the color is repellent...a smoldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight."
In the first entry of her journal, where she describes the house she is staying in for the summer, Jane describes the wallpaper: “The color is repellent, almost revolting.” Having developed only a slight distaste for the misfit, Jane only sees the wallpaper as any “normal” person in society would. She states that knows a little bit about the “principle of design” and notes that the wallpaper doesn’t follow any sort of pattern that she recognizes, making it even more off putting. With a disagreeable pattern, and an even worse color, the misfit only really fits in with it’s own environment. Gilman describes the furniture in the room as “nothing worse than inharmonious” and the rest of the room is worn down and disturbing to say the least. No one in Jane’s company is particularly itching to be able to stay in the room, but she is forced to, driving her to maintain contact with the misfit.
Upon first reading Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper", it appears to be consecutive journal entries written by a flighty woman-plagued with bouts of depression-about her stay at a vacation home. Though upon closer inspection, the double entendre of this cleverly written story reveals itself. Symbolism is the element that plays the starring role in this production, coyly divulging the clues necessary to illuminate the reality of her psychosis. The physical triggers of said psychosis belong solely to the room she and her husband slept in; now a playroom, it had obviously gone through many other transformations as had this woman, who despised it (nursery, gym, playroom). More importantly, it is the wallpaper that has caught and held her mind's eye.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the woman is imprisoned in a single room of a large house while her husband spends frequent nights outside in the town. In “Turned” Mrs.Marroner, an educated professional, keeps the house while her husband travels the world on... ... middle of paper ... ...crawl around the room. This continuity suggests that she is still crawling around the room and it disagrees with the epistolary style, since she cannot crawl around the room and write the journal at the same time. Likewise, “Turned” has an abrupt ending with Mr.Marroner confronting Mrs.Marroner and Gerta and Mrs.Marroner asking him “What have you to say to us?”.These endings signify the authors intention of not actually entertaining the readers with an elaborative interesting story with a distinct conclusion but getting her message across instead; which is the feminist movement. How women of all classes and ages are mistreated and repressed by the male dominating society at the time of Gilman.