Although, for her, she has nothing more to focus on she trusts her imagination to pass the time. Over time she becomes more and more obsessed with the yellow wallpaper, which leaves her in shock. “The wallpaper becomes a projection screen of the narrator growing fright.” (Berman, p.47) This means that the narrator goes to herself on the wall. The isolated woman in the yellow paper is her own reflection. Something that the narrator still does not realize, she only feels the need to release the woman trapped in the wall.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1892 gothic and horror short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” traces the mental decline of a woman while undergoing a “rest cure”. This captivating story illustrates the stifling plight of the protagonist in a patriarchal society. Her husband, John, a physician, has taken the narrator, a new mother, to a rented country home for the summer in order for her to recover from postpartum psychosis. He isolates her in an upstairs nursery, a room with barred windows, a nailed down bed, and odious yellow wallpaper, and forbids her to write, in accordance with the philosophy of the “rest cure”. Although the constraints placed on the protagonist proved to be repressive, it leads her to an intriguingly dangerous obsession with “the yellow wallpaper” that causes her to triumph over societal oppression and constraints within her marriage, giving her a heroic identity.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” contains many symbols in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman develops the idea that society at the time of the story presumed certain things “proper” - without knowing that they were indeed harmful. In the 19th century, women had no power, worth, or opportunities, and that could have been enough to drive woman of the time, including the narrator, into madness. Women were involved in the workforce, could not vote, or have a voice in anything. Charlotte Perkins Gilman wanted to change the way in which women were viewed in the 19th century. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, she uses numerous symbols to show the many restrictions upon women, lack of public interaction, and the struggle for equality.
As human beings, we play the cards that are dealt to us in this world. In life, every person goes through their individual ups and downs and occasionally may break down to the extent of not knowing what to do with oneself. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” which takes place in the late 1800s, focuses on the first person narrator who is an infatuated woman. The disheartening story concentrates on a woman who is suffering from postpartum depression, and as well had mental breakdowns. The narrators husband John, moves her into a home isolated in the country where he wants her to “rest” and get better from her illness.
The nursery is set up in a way that makes her feel more isolated from the real world “for the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things in the walls” (Gilman 793). The narrator slowly slips into insanity. With the confinement of her surroundings, the woman is gradually subjected to male oppression which is symbolic of the norm during the time period. By confining his wife to the nursery, John allows his dominance over his wife to prevail. The narrator then becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper as she feels out of control.
The Yellow Wallpaper was written in 1892, where women were expected to be obedient to their husbands. In the modern day, this sense of inequality is intensified. Daddy, only being written in 1986, still presents these same ideas of inequity although a century later. Even in 2016, we have failure to rise women up to an equal status of men. In Yellow Wallpaper, we see a woman who lives in a disgusting nursery with wallpaper covered in “sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin” and who is forbidden to write because her husband doesn’t want her think on her own.
During the story he’s trying to cure her depression and doesn’t act much like her husband as he does her doctor. The struggle with social expectations and personal goals I would say is that the narrator doesn’t want to be social she wants to be free. I feel she’s trying to get out of the marriage with John. The temporary home John chooses to stay at is quite shocking. The room for his wife could be portrayed as a prison cell.
Gilman stated, “What is it little girl” (478)! The narrator stated, “Felt trapped in her body and trapped in her life "Bless her little heart" (Gilman 478)! The narrator lives in a world where her spouse made choices for her on how she would be cured of her illness. Gilman is suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth to their child. However, he did not make his wife feel better, which is why they visit there for, he just makes his wife feel worse with so much guilt on her.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story The Yellow Wallpaper demonstrates how women in the late 1800s felt trapped to their husbands, how men typically thought less of women, and how men made the house hold decisions. Before the women’s rights movement got started in the late 1800s woman had little rights causing them to feel trapped to men. One of the reasons that women would sometimes feel trapped to men is because women at the time could not own their own land, and society looked at them as either their father’s belonging or when they got married they belonged to their husband. Women wanted to be able to own their own land and to be able to form their own identity by what they have accomplished in life (Gender Issues and Sexuality). Since the fathers or husbands “owned” the women of that time this could sometimes make the women feel trapped.
It reveals that the story during the time when women are captured in a situation, where women 's does not have right to make her own decision and cannot speak in the family problem. According to a narrator, “there are so many of those creeping women and they creep so fast”(482). Women felt trapped as like behind the wallpaper because society controlled and judged to the lives of women and most important for innovative women and women who are not obedient to their husbands. The story explains the women 's rights and mental ailment. In 1800 's where females always treated as a housemaid without any rights to a take stand or give opinions because society tells that females are weak and they don’t have value in contrast to males.