The Mental Anguish of the Narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper"
A brief review of the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
# 154191 | 785 words | 0 sources | 2015 |
Published on May 26, 2015
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This paper looks at and analyses the cause of insanity of the main character in The Yellow Wallpaper.
From the Paper:"In the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a middle class housewife is driven mad with insanity. The story begins with the narrator, Jane, her husband John, and his sister, Jennie, moving into a mansion as means to deal with the narrators "slight hysterical tendency." John picks the nursery room as the best suited for his wife to recover in and forces her to spend most of her time in this room resting to become well. In the room the wife discovers old, infested yellow wallpaper with patterns of illusion. Over the course of their stay in the home Jane becomes mesmerized by the wallpaper; every week becoming more crazed and infatuated with it. She grows to believe that there is a woman in the pattern with her head bent backwards staring her down, and creeping around all over. Eventually Jane becomes so in love with the raggedy wallpaper that she herself tries to take the form of the woman she believes that she sees. The narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" is the manifestation of the importance of self-expression, and is an example of what can happen if the mind is forced into inactivity.
"The theme of "The Yellow Wallpaper" is the importance of self expression. For the entire story the narrator is forced to hold back any creative impulses she may have. Her husband cuts her off when she speaks and constantly tells her to seclude herself in the room with the wallpaper. John loves the narrator and believes the medical practice of the "rest cure" will dissolve her mental problems. But what he does is quite possibly the worst thing that can be done in that situation. Blocking off his wife's mind from the outside world and denying her the right to express her emotions in any way leads to her meltdown at the end of the story."
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