The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Analysis

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Madness is one of the key themes in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It is presented in a way that makes the work of literature a very diverse short story. Although madness isn’t the only theme, it helps the reader better understand many of the other themes in the story. For example, gender inequality, freedom, and confinement. All of these topics can be analyzed through the idea of madness in the story. When I first read this short story I was looking at it through a narrow view of madness and insanity. However, when I read the story again in another course, it allowed me to look at the other themes in this story and analyze them. Because of this I was able to notice things about the story that I had not encountered before. This is why “The Yellow Wallpaper” became one of the most interesting works I have read this semester. Due to my further analysis of “The Yellow Wallpaper” beyond the theme of madness, I was able to clearly and thoroughly madness even more. One of the things that allowed me to understand how madness was presented in the story was how the narrator was led into madness. To get to this, I had to look at some of the other things in the story. For example, the narrator decent into madness was very much connected to how gender was presented. During the Victorian era women faced many challenges which included gender inequality. In the short story, the narrator was physically and mentally drained of living the life of the dutiful housewife. Because of her condition, her husband, a physician, saw it fit to confine her to a room taking away any form of creativity from her by banning her to write. “I always fancy I see people walking in these numerous paths and arbors, but John has cautioned me not to... ... middle of paper ... ...aper, and now she is set free, but now she is trapped as a mad woman. Overall, “The Yellow Wallpaper” was a very entertaining and insightful read. It wasn’t too long of a story and it wasn’t too short, so it served its purpose for a book with a message. It gave me a way to look at life and history and understand how madness plays a role in our daily lives. I learned that madness doesn’t have to come from a mental illness or a physical illness. Through “The Yellow Wallpaper”, I was able to see that anyone can be driven mad especially when they are oppressed or their creativity is taken from them. The short story is a representation of many things and I am thankful to be able to use it and analyze it in many different aspects and topics. It is a diverse book, and it has helped me better understand the idea of madness which helps make the class a lot more interesting.
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