Why the "The Yellow Wallpaper" is an Enjoyable Story
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The paper discusses how "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an enjoyable short story because the author sets the scene as the story opens and reveals more information as it progresses. The paper describes how the reader follows the narrator's thoughts and feelings about the wallpaper, feels her frustration with her limited role as mother and doctor's wife and then watches her turn inward because there is no way for her to escape. The paper also argues that although the ending is not a happy one, it is a logical one and for that reason it is satisfying.
From the Paper:""The Yellow Wallpaper" takes the reader on an unexpected journey. The opening sentence leads the reader to expect that it will be a story about a couple's summer vacation. The narrator seems pleased that they have gotten a house to let and a bit surprised that she and her husband are able to afford it: "It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer." In the very next sentence, we learn that the narrator is hoping for drama and excitement, although she does not expect to find it: "A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity - but that would be asking too much of fate!" In two sentences, Gilman has given the reader important clues about the narrator. She considers herself ordinary and yet she has an imagination that leads her to seek, at least in her mind, the extraordinary. This is exactly what happens in the story, although in a way that the reader does not expect.
"The narrator is desperate to unleash her creativity through writing and do more beyond her role as wife and mother. At the time Gilman wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper," at the end of the nineteenth century, women did not have many options beyond the expected domestic role."
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