The Yellow Wallpaper And Sigmund Freud 's The Uncanny

The Yellow Wallpaper And Sigmund Freud 's The Uncanny

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Pasang Sherpa
Professor Tronrud
English 130
November 7, 2015
Isolated world in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and Sigmund Freud 's “ The Uncanny”
I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder. " I 've got out at last," said I, " in spite of you and Jane? And I 've pulled off most of the paper, so you can 't put me back! "And I 've pulled off most of the paper, so you can 't put me back! " Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him
every time!
“The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman during early-to-mid nineteenth century illustrates female imprisonment within the domestic sphere. The narrator’s husband John, a husband and a doctor, controls his wife’s increasingly unstable mental depression while the narrator struggles to understand that the figure behind the wallpaper is a projection from her mind of her own self. As part of a "rest cure," her husband keeps her isolated from real world and forbids her from exercising her imagination in any kind of way. Then changes in her mental state worsens as her emotions rebel at the treatment, she turns her imagination onto seemingly neutral objects (the house and the wallpaper) in an attempt to cope with her frustration from husband’s oppression. As her “mental disease” advances her psychological state of mind becomes parallel to the wallpaper. She becomes unstable and chaotic just like the pattern she sees in the wall. The negativity she feels influences the descriptions of her surroundings, making them appear uncanny. The protagonist struggles the realization that the perplexity of woman in the wallpaper is a symbolic version of herself.
The narrator is...

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... to be completely drawn into her fantasies and not being aware of what is happening to her.The title and main subject of the story itself “the yellow wall-paper” played a double role in the text. On one hand, the wallpaper trapped the narrator’s mind to it with the intricacy of pattern that lead her to no satisfying end and towards the woman in the wallpaper. On the other hand, within the wallpaper the narrator found her hidden self and her eventual freedom. Since she was stuck in the dark room and the only form of escapism was the bright yellow wallpaper so she became absorbed in the pattern of the paper.

Works Cited:
“Double, n .” OED Online. Oxford University Press, November 2015. Web. 5 November 2015
Freud, Sigmund. "The Uncanny." The Uncanny (2015): 1-21. Web. 06 Nov . 2015
Stetson, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper.":647-656 . N.p.,Web. 06 Nov. 2015.

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