In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the nameless narrator’s forced alienation ends in her demise, thereby proving the infirmity and imperfections of humans as well as the knowledge that alienation will only harm people. In the beginning of the story, the narrator, who is suffering from a post-partum depression, acts very demure with her husband and constantly lets him win their little tiffs and refuses to say “no more on that score” (Gilman 5), believing that since he is a man and she is a woman, he is allowed to control her anyway he deems necessary. This leads to her imprisonment to her room for most of the day and it slowly causes her to go insane because of her husband’s pride. Her husband keeps ins...
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...lienation is because of society’s fears of being confronted by something “alien” or “out of place” in their “normal” community. Thus, due to the clash between “good” and “bad”, alienation—the feeling of not belonging in the society one lives in—occurs.
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