The Yellow Wallpaper Symbolism Analysis

analytical Essay
867 words
867 words

In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman uses symbolism to add to the mood of her short story. While being treated for depression by rest cure, the narrator is stuck in a room covered in horrible yellow wallpaper that she claims is revolting, “The color is repellent, almost revolting: a smoldering unclean yellow strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight. It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.” (Gilman 298). Her view on this wallpaper symbolizes that she is not an optimistic thinker and also immediately shows the reader that she is not emotionally stable, as she is obsessing over a simple color. This also begins to set an ominous and eerie mood to the short story. Secondly, as the story progresses she begins to see things in the …show more content…

I pulled and she shook. I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper.” (Gilman 307). This not only symbolizes that she has completely become unstable, but that she does not want to accept who she as become. She let the beast out of the wallpaper and symbolical out of herself. Gilman uses symbolism throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper” to build upon the ominous and eerie mood and show the negative affects of rest cure. Paragraph Choice II: Irony in “The Necklace” In “The Necklace,” Maupassant uses irony to help amplify the mood and theme of the story. After getting a ticket to a gorgeous ball, Mathilde claims she needs a pretty dress and expensive jewelry. Living with a poor husband however causes her to have to borrow from a friend. Her friend presented her with some fine jewelry, but even that wasn’t enough for her, as she wanted something nicer, “All at once, in a box lined with black satin, she came upon a superb diamond necklace, and her

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how gilman uses symbolism to add to the mood of her short story, "the yellow wallpaper."
  • Analyzes how maupassant uses irony to help amplify the mood and theme of "the necklace."
  • Analyzes how maupassant uses situational irony in "the necklace" to amplify the vain and dreadful mood of the story.
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