The narrator is being completely controlled by her husband. The narrator's husband has told the her over and over again that she is sick. She sees this as control because she cannot tell him differently. He is a physician so he knows these things. She also has a brother who is a physician, and he says the same thing. In the beginning of the story, she is like a child taking orders from a parent. Whatever these male doctors say must be true. The narrator says, "personally, I disagree with their ideas" (480), and it is clear she does not want to accept their theories but has no other choice. She is controlled by her husband.
Control is exemplified later in the story in the choice of rooms in which she must stay. She has no say whatsoever in this decision. She is forced to stay in a room she is uncomfortable with. This is the bedroom in which John has trapped her; this room is not a room in which she wants to be. The windows are barred and the bed is bolted down. This is a subliminal clue of control. And there is the horrible yellow wallpaper. "I never saw worse paper in my life" (482), she says. She...
... middle of paper ...
...houghts. And the wallpaper no longer oppresses her. As time goes on, she gains confidence and control over both and ultimately dominates them.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper." Rediscoveries: American Short Stories by Women, 1832 - 1916. Ed. Barbara H. Solomon. New York: Mentor, 1994. 480-496.
Delamotte, Eugenia C. reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Vol. 37. Ed. Paula Kepos. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1991.
Treichler, Paula. "Escaping the Sentence: Diagnosis and Discourse in 'The Yellow Wallpaper'." Rpt. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Vol. 37. Detroit: Gale 1991. 188-194.
Shumaker, Conrad. "Too Terribly Good to Be Printed: Charlotte Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper'." reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Vol. 37. Ed. Paula Kepos. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1991. 194-198.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Just like everything on this earth, nature, situations, and people, we are all moved by a trigger. That trigger, mathematically speaking can be referred as the independent variable. The independent variable impacts and has the power to change the dependent variable. In the story of The Yellow Wallpaper, several apparent triggers were illustrated in the story, which made it difficult to understand who was the real opponent in the story. But after analyzing the innermost thoughts of the narrator, the main opponent did not necessarily play the bad guy in the plot, but the fact that he held the remote control to turn the situation from bad to good and from good to bad made him the main opponent... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1311 words (3.7 pages)
- Theme Essay on "The Yellow Wallpaper" The story "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story about control. In the time frame in which the story was written, the 1800’s, women were looked upon as having no effect on society other than bearing children, maintaining a clean house, and food on the table etc. etc. There was really no means for self expression as a woman, when men not only dominated society but the world. The story was written at a time when men held the jobs, knowledge, and society above their shoulders.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman]
993 words (2.8 pages)
- In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses symbolism to explain the purpose of the wallpaper, and why it’s one of the largest symbols in the story. The narrator is part of the wallpapers symbolism and the reason why it deprives such a massive part in the story. The women trapped behind the wallpaper explains the mental block men attempted to place on women “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a symbol of the restriction on women, the struggle for equality, and the possibilities of the female sex during the 1800’s.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1113 words (3.2 pages)
- “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of a woman who is trapped in a room covered in yellow wallpaper. The story is one that is perplexing in that the narrator is arguably both the protagonist as well as the antagonist. In the story, the woman, who is the main character, struggles with herself indirectly which results in her descent into madness. The main conflicts transpires between the narrator and her husband John who uses his power as a highly recognize male physician to control his wife by placing limitations on her, forcing her to behave as a sick woman.... [tags: maddness, control, oppression]
772 words (2.2 pages)
- When you think about different types of mental disorders in the human body what comes to mind. You may think of the most common disorders like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, or maybe obsessive compulsive disorder. For all the mental disorders that people face on a day-to-day basis have some type of treatment to control it. This can either be prescribing the patient with medicine or providing them with therapy. The short story that I would be discussing about is the Yellow Wallpaper.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1123 words (3.2 pages)
- 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.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1389 words (4 pages)
- In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” we find out that the women in the story is crazy but after being in that room and not being able to leave or go outside the woman because even more crazier throughout the story. The author of this story is named Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This story is actually somewhat based of a part of Gilman’s life experience. If you continue to read more than one of her stories you start to realize she is a feminist write. Gilman’s feministic style is seeded in a rich background of rough relationships which is portrayed through her writing.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1679 words (4.8 pages)
- This paper will look at the many symbols hidden in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This is important to prove that Gilman hid many hints implying that “The Yellow Wallpaper” is not merely a gothic story but a story making a connection between sexual roles put down by men and insanity. First of all, the setting of the story is significant. The house the protagonist and John rented has barred windows, hedges, walls, and gates that lock. These all suggest the wife’s confinement to the home.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1001 words (2.9 pages)
- Wallpaper has never been more than a tacky decoration in my home but in “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she created it to not only symbolize something greater but also to show how an inanimate object can capture someone and hold them till insanity fill into their insecurities. This unsightful wall decal obtained movement, feeling, and a scent by the end of the story only acknowledged by the unnamed woman herself. The wallpaper was given personified features and obtained a key role in this woman 's life, from being trapped by the sickening yellow paper, the women become stir crazy being that the mustard yellow walls became responsible for her everyday experiences.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1060 words (3 pages)
- The Power Struggle in The Yellow Wallpaper The story "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a story about control. In the late 1800's, women were looked upon as having no effect on society other than bearing children and keeping house. It was difficult for women to express themselves in a world dominated by males. The men held the jobs, the men held the knowledge, the men held the key to the lock known as society - or so they thought. The narrator in "The Wallpaper" is under this kind of control from her husband, John.... [tags: Yellow Wallpaper essays]
1090 words (3.1 pages)
- Attitudes of Men in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- The Yellow Wallpaper: The Woman's View in a Subjugated Role
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- A Yellow Raft in Blue Water - Mixed Blood
- Desolation and Loneliness in Robert Frost's The Wood Pile
- Search For Freedom in The Yellow Wallpaper