Oct 19, 2015
“My own world” in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper
I think that woman gets out in the daytime!And I 'll tell you why - privately I 've seen her! I can see her out of everyone of my windows! It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.
In Freud 's understanding the concept of the ‘double’ is that the self becomes confounded, or the foreign self is substituted for his own in other words, by doubling, dividing and interchanging the self (Freud 9). In Charlotte Perkins Stetson, “The Yellow Wallpaper” the protagonist struggles the realization that the perplexity of woman in the wallpaper is a symbolic version of herself.
In the beginning of "The Yellow Wallpaper" the narrator seemed to be very imaginative and highly expressive woman, for example she remembers terrifying herself with imaginary nighttime monsters as a child (Stetson 650). As part of a "rest cure," her husband forbids her from exercising her imagination in any kind of way. Then we begin to see both her reason and her emotions rebel at the treatment as she turns her imagination onto seemingly neutral objects (the house and the wallpaper) in an attempt to ignore her frustration. The negativity she feels influences the descriptions of her surroundings, making them appear uncanny and menacing. Isolation from the excitations of the external world actually make one suffer more. Therefore, there is no doubt that she would definitely direct her attention towards the weird apparition in the wallpaper, which is actually the projection of herself.
The title suggests that the uncanny will be connected with objects, particularly with the house and the w...
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... the other: “I don’t like to look out of the windows even– there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast. I wonder if they all come out of that wall-paper as I did. / …I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard! It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please!” (Stetson 654). Freud explains this double as one transferring mental processes from the one person to the other also called telepathy so that the one possesses knowledge, feeling and experience in common with the other and identifies himself with another person.The protagonist, who formerly despised the wallpaper, now wants to become apart of it, it is her security. The room, which was once a jail like is now her own space. The woman invented the “creeping women” in her mind to cope with her anxiety and fear.
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