Charlotte Gilman accomplishes her goal of spreading awareness about the oppression of women by forcing the readers to dig deep into The Yellow Wallpaper. The imagery and symbolism in the story is powerful. The woman’s emotional downfall is disturbing but the narrator until she exclaims, "I've got out at last, in spite of [John] and Jane. And I've pushed off most of the paper so you can't put me back" (172). The ending symbolizes the freedom for women that Gilman would like to see in the world.
The yellow wallpaper being the most significant and obvious symbol which underlie societies attempts regarding women in the late 19th century, gives the reader an eye opening view to the repression women were under and still are in todays society. The main character writing in her notebook symbolizes a sense of stability in an oppressed life. Lastly, the isolated room, gave sense of symbolizing a safe haven for the narrator or even imprisonment. The symbols exposed in "The Yellow Wallpaper" give the short story a stronger essential meaning and a sense that the narrator was not entirely insane, however a women who found her individuality in something as horrid as the yellow wallpaper. In short, the yellow wallpaper mirrors the makeover of a woman’s identity which is triggered by a corrupt social structure that stops woman from being their true
The idea she gives in her article based on Gilman not having the same view as the novel “Jasmine”. There is depression in one and freedom in another, but the comparison that they both have are merely on women trying gain there freedom back. Women equality had was a great issue to women back then, especially, when a situation explained in “The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator does not understand that she is the one trapped behind the wallpaper behind those bars. Nadkarni explains, “the story charts the narrator 's growing madness and preoccupation with the wallpaper of her sickroom and ends with her identification with the woman she sees "crawling" (55) behind the "bars" (52) of the prisonlike pattern” (219). She discovers the narrator as an insane woman who does not understand that who she discovers behind the wallpaper is she on reflection; she is the one escaping from her own miserable life.
The depression was something common in women of the time, especially in more upper class women with little to do. The antidote " the cure" was developed by a Weir Mitchell, for psychoneurosies, in theory a women should inhibit herself from any kind of work or thinking and to get as much fresh air as possible. The heroine is subjected to this cure. Having been confined to a room in the house she starts imagining things in the wallpaper that she hates so much. However, as the story progresses it i... ... middle of paper ... ...it to show that kind of diversity.
She states, “The front pattern does move – and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!” The narrator believes there are many women behind the yellow wallpaper, but only one can crawl around, the woman strangles to climb through the yellow paper due to the pattern of it. Sh... ... middle of paper ... ...ps even a subordinate dependent in most cases. Societal control of the accepted terms by which a woman can operate and live in lends itself to the ultimate subjugation of women, especially in regards to her self-expression and dissent. Gilman does an extraordinary job of effectively communicating and transforming this apparent truth into an eerie tale of one woman’s gradual spiral towards the depths of madness.
The yellow wallpaper itself is the most obvious symbol that represents the protagonist’s mindset. It contains patterns, angles and curves that all contradict one another, and it can reflect the wife’s emotions during that time. In addition, the nursery symbolically shows the way women of that time were seen as being on the same level as children, as well as the barred windows of confinement of women with respect to the perception of what a woman’s role was. These symbols represent Gilman’s view on the status of women in the patriarchal society of the nineteenth-century. The story takes shape of a journal about the main character.
In the following paragraph, it is apparent that her mind is now consumed by the yellow wallpaper and perplexing patterns, thus becoming essential within the plot. An indication that the crawling women is the narrator herself, is evident when John’s sister, Jennie spoke, “Then she said that the paper stained everything it touched and that she had found yellow smooches on all my clothes, and John’s, and she wished we would be more careful”( The Yellow Wallpaper, Page 82, Paragraph 3). The pattern within the yellow wallpaper has now become the narrator's main objective. She becomes insane trying to release the woman stuck inside, which resembles herself being trapped within her own life. An example of this can be seen observed in the following line, “As soon as it was moonlight and that poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern, I got up and ran to help her.
In the following paragraph, it is apparent that her mind now consumed by the yellow wallpaper and perplexing patterns, thus becoming essential within the plot. An indication that the narrator is the crawling women is evident when John’s sister spoke the next line. “Then she said that the paper stained everything it touched and that she had found yellow smooches on all my clothes, and John’s, and she wished we would be more careful”( The Yellow Wallpaper, Page 82, Paragraph 3). The pattern within the yellow wallpaper has now become the narrator's main objective. She becomes insane trying to release the woman stuck inside, which resembles herself trapped within her own life.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” By Charlotte Perkins Gilman The mind is a fragile thing, and holding it back could just as well lead to its destruction. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author expresses several big themes that underlay in the bold text, the subservience of women in their marriages, and being able to let out ones self expression. The narrator is an imaginative woman, she tells of how when she was younger she would scare herself, because of her intense imaginative skills. She could look at a blank wall and see waves and stories while other people would just see a pale, still pallet. John, the narrators husband and a physician, tries to force his wife to hold back her mind.
In 1892 Author, Poet, and Feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a heart gripping short story that would shock the world and bring awareness to a serious illness of depression called The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte was not just an ordinary author, she was intelligent, courageous, creative and also a social activist who believed in independent economic status for women. (Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Bio. Par. 4) Unfortunately, Charlotte also battled severe depression in her life time, and had to seek constant treatment for nervous breakdowns that would cloud her mind, she also brought light to her depressive illness by tapping into her deep inner-creative imagination.