Irony in "The Yellow Wallpaper" Analytical Essay by Molly

Irony in "The Yellow Wallpaper"
# 1553 | 1,295 words | 0 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 17, 2003 in Literature (American)

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This paper discusses three elements of irony that are used to make strong points in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's, "The Yellow Wallpaper."

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"In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," irony is used frequently to make several strong points. The story's main character is a woman who is having obvious issues with depression. The first element of irony comes into play when the woman's husband, John (a doctor) determines that there is nothing wrong with her despite the fact that he is constantly having her rest and take one medication or another. Another ironic aspect of the story comes into play when the woman's husband insists that they sleep in a particular room of the house that they are renting for the summer because it has the most light and air; it is the wallpaper in this room that will ultimately drive her crazy. A third element of irony in the story is the fact that John feels that isolation is best for her and will not allow her to visit with other relatives and/or friends. This separation forces her to remain cooped up in the aforementioned room that will significantly amplify her mental illness. Without irony, it is unlikely that "The Yellow Wallpaper" would have had such an impact on readers."

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