The protagonist believes that there is a woman trapped by the wall, and that this woman only moves at night with the night light. The allusion to this light is not in the beginning of the story, but in the end. “She begins to strip of the wallpaper at every opportunity in order to free the woman she perceives is trapped inside. Paranoid by now, the narrator attempts to disguise her obsession with the wallpaper.” (Knight, p.81) In the description of the yellow wallpaper and what is seen behind it there are sinister implications that symbolize the closure of the woman. It implies that any intellectual activity is a deviation from their duties as a housewife.
The Yellow Wallpaper In the grips of depression and the restrictions prescribed by her physician husband a woman struggles with maintaining her sanity and purpose. As a new mother and a writer, and she is denied the responsibility and intellectual stimulation of these elements in her life as part of her rest cure. Her world is reduced to prison-like enforcement on her diet, exercise, sleep and intellectual activities until she is "well again". As she gives in to the restrictions and falls deeper into depression, she focuses on the wallpaper and slides towards insanity. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story written from a first-person perspective about a young woman's mental deterioration during the 1800's and the adverse affects of the restriction place on her.
Because her husband, John, does not take her illness seriously and neglects to get her out of the house, her mind cannot take it and she loses her sanity. It should be clear to the reader, since she thinks she and the imaginary woman has worked together to pull the wallpaper down that she believes the women in the yellow wallpaper and she are both trapped and are both working together to escape. (200) Likewise, when she tells John, “I got out at last”, and, “in spite of you and jane! And I pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back”, By her saying this to John tells you she thinks she is free, because she has torn down the yellow wallpaper. She is no longer saying anything about a woman being in the wallpaper, because in her mind, she is now the
Representing how trapped the narrator felt in the room. Not sleeping all night and locking herself in the room to finally do something about the wallpaper the narrator hated so much. By doing this the narrator was not only freeing the woman but also freeing herself from that room. John would finally know the extent of her illness and maybe would pay his wife some attention. At that point it was kind of too late to help, but only time could tell if the damage could be
The Feminist View of the Yellow Wallpaper The yellow wallpaper is a story about John and his wife who he keeps locked up due to her "nervous condition" of anxiety. John diagnoses her as sick and has his own remedy to cure her. His remedy s to keep her inside and deterring her from almost all activities. She is not allowed to write, make decisions on her own, or interact with the outside world. John claims that her condition is improving but she knows that it is not.
Here, Gilman exposes that the narrator is anxious to confront her condition because, she knows she is not well. She also, acknowledges that John neglects her wish to leave the house. The narrator also describes how, “The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out” (476). This means, that the narrator does want to recover and overcome her depression, but her inability to do so is rendered when she slips into this fantasy world; in which, she sees a trapped “woman” behind the wallpaper’s top pattern, which she describes resembles bars. This “woman” trapped within the wallpaper is a symbolic form of her dilemma, therefore, we can
Every night she lies awake and looks at her cell of a room as her eyes roam around the wallpaper. At the beginning she hates the wallpaper but becomes infatuated with it as the woman continues to try to get out. “ ‘nobody could climb through that pattern it strangles so…strangles them off and turns them upside down, and makes their eyes white’… If this can be seen as a metaphor of women’s oppression and death in the limited domestic space” (Fanghui). The woman could end up feeling useless, “suffocated” (Fanghui), and so closed off and commit suicide. The restraints used against her could be her downfall.
Behind Bars, A Woman's Escape Through Madness: An Analysis of “The Yellow Wallpaper” In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the short story takes the form of secret journal entries chronicling the mental deterioration of a young woman forced to undergo the rest cure, as prescribed by her physician husband, during their stay at a vacation estate. The protagonist refutes that she is neither nervous nor depressed and simply fancies “less opposition and more society and stimulus” (216). However, instead of her receiving visitors or enjoying the countryside during her stay, her cure restricts these activities and demands solitude, which forces the protagonist to be confined to a room where she begins experiencing vivid fantasies
Jane’s husband does not allow her to write because he feels that with her imaginative power and nervous condition it would lead to fancy. “John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least. He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies” (Gilman 649) without her outlet of writing Jane begins to see women in the wall-paper creeping around from the inside of the wall-paper to the outside in the gardens. She also feels that the women are trapped behind the first layer of design on the paper as if it was bars keeping them trapped. “The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as is she wanted to get out.
This resembles and shows imagery of the woman and her life. This story is much more than a woman that is insane and is ignored by her husband. She wants to escape her depression, and the woman she imagines trapped behind the wallpaper is only an image of herself. The struc... ... middle of paper ... .... Her husband disregards her and leaves her in the room alone to heal her depression without being able to experience what she is going through.