Theme Of Imagery In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Nandanie George Professor John Hodgkins English 352 March 1, 2016 Depiction of Madness in The Yellow Wallpaper In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” author Charlotte Perkins Gilman gives us a chance to see into the mind of a woman during the Victorian Era who is gradually becoming insane. Her insanity is incomprehensibly brought on by efforts made by her physician husband and brother to help restore her psychological well-being. Through out the story, the narrator is living a stereotypical lifestyle of a mother and a wife who is hindered and oppressed. This story portrays a time in society where women were dominated by men and not allowed to proclaim themselves the way men were allowed to. The narrator is also trapped in this common…show more content…
The author used personification to give life to the wallpaper, to portray how the narrator sees herself through this woman. As Stated, “I often wonder if I could see her out of all the window at once. But, turn as fast as I can, I can only see out of one at a time” (469). The woman is imagined and indeed the narrators next self because it’s her reflection! She is seeing herself reflect off the windows, that is why it does not matter how fast she turns her head she will still see the woman at all of the windows. Also, physically if it was a person behind there, both John and his sister Jennie would have seen it. As mentioned, “and, I’ve caught him [John] several times looking at the paper! And Jennie too. I caught Jennie with on her hand on it once” (467). Besides the narrator, her husband and sister-in-law were in that room and they have never mentioned seeing the woman. She’s a product of the narrator’s imagination…show more content…
She eventually shows John that her condition is serious and he should have treated her like it was serious. Something was wrong with her, but instead he overlooked it. It took the cost of her own sanity to find herself. I find it interesting how a problem this serious was overlooked back then. Her wanting to think for herself and have her own mind, lead her husband to belief she had mental problems. She could not express herself, even by writing because he thought she only needed rest. She needed something as an outlet to get better and if there was not a limit to what she can do, she would have gotten better instead of going
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