By the end of the story she actually thinks she is the woman who had been trapped in the wallpaper and has finally escaped from it. In Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator seems trapped both mentally and physically. Her husband, John, keeping her away from others because of her nervous condition is one cause of her feeling trapped
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.
While she is in this room, her health gets worse and worse but her husband thinks she is getting better and that she is just imagining things. In John S. Bak’s article, he explains the room as a drain to the women’s life because she has locked is this room and has no options on leaving. Bak explains how the room with the wallpaper can, “reduce an artistic and articulate woman to be a beast, tipped entirely of her sanity and humanity and left crawling on all fours in circuits, or smooches about the room” (Bak 39-40). In his article, he explains how Elain Hedges on interpretation on feminist and how she portrays the wallpaper that is living inside the narrator as spirit. Hedges on view during 1973 that the “paper symbolizes her situation as seen by the men who control her and hence her situation as seen by herself (Afterword 51), a view echoed by later critics” (Bak 40).
The feminist literary lens addresses the imprisonment of women, and the imbalance of power between the two genders. During the whole of the story, John portrays his male dominant characteristics by treating th... ... middle of paper ... ...power struggle. The Yellow Wallpaper has profound symbolism that transcends from Gilman’s personal life. The dominance of John’s over the wife’s is a clear reflection of the dominant differences between men and women in the past. Through the interaction between the characters, and the wife’s inner thoughts, one can say that the women during the time period had very little or no freedom of speech.
In her writings, she explains that the more she became insane, the more the wall paper became a big issue to her that is why she smudged ultimately. Her attitude towards the wallpaper grew from bitterness to hate and she even feels that it smells. This symbolizes the hatred she had for the wallpaper because it highly contributed to her insanity.... ... middle of paper ... ...per suffered from psychological health problems and was to cope with it and also with the husband who has placed her in a solitary environment with the thoughts that it will facilitate her rehabilitation. In the end, instead of being cured, the narrator her mental state deteriorated and she became totally insane. Works Cited Hedges, Elaine R. “Afterward” to “The Yellow Wallpaper” Old Westbury, NY.
Mallard suffered immensely throughout the story as did the narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper, the narrator was also diagnosed with an illness.”I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more . society and stimulus but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad.”. Most likely considered a mental illness, however her being a married woman forced to stay at home and listen to the every whim of her husband caused this illness to appear. Both illnesses were caused by being in a one sided marriage, both women’s minds and perception of reality were changed due to marriage and oppression, they could not think or act for themselves. The use of imagery in both story is pellucid, in The Story of an Hour the most iconic image used is the window.
As a consequence, Jane has no choice but to subjec... ... middle of paper ... ... up for what she wants and needs. Nevertheless, in doing so she shows her insanity when she is hysterically ripping away the wallpaper and saying that now he can never put her back in there. This is the rock bottom for Jane and her final decent into complete madness. Jane is undoubtedly in an internal struggle to overcome the male dominance that has been placed upon her. She is a perfect illustration of the position women held in society at that time.
Her novel portrays the injustices women had to face against a patriarchal society. She exemplifies that women are differentiated by men in their marriage due to the labelling that men are more active and women were oppressed to domestic roles. The Yellow Wallpaper suggests that women should have liberty to express themselves and break through the social standards the patriarchal society oppressed them to. Perkins demonstrate a women who is hopeless but a great writer. The inferences to the breakthrough of women’s right in society refer to feminism.
In "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the protagonist symbolizes the effect of the oppression of women in society in the Nineteenth Century. In The Yellow Wallpaper, the author reveals the narrator is torn between hate and love, but emotion is difficult to determine. The effects are produced by the use of complex themes used in the story, which assisted her oppression and reflected on her self-expression. The yellow wallpaper is a symbol of oppression in a woman who felt her duties were limited as a wife and mother. The wallpaper shows a sign of female imprisonment.
Something that the narrator still does not realize, she only feels the need to release the woman trapped in the wall. She refers to her room as a prison continuously. As she begins to feel isolated she projects her feelings on the yellow wallpaper, but the idea that the room is her prison goes from figurative to reality as insulation deepens her need to escape in some way. “Every time the narrator speaks, she is interrupted and contradicted until she begins to interrupt and contradict herself.” (Berman, p.55) She has her own plan for recovery. But unfortunately, her husband does not listen.