Poe's "Alone" and Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"
An analysis of the theme of mental deterioration in Edgar Allan Poe's "Alone" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper".
# 110217 | 1,122 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Dec 18, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Comparison) , Literature (Comparative Literature)
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This paper examines Poe's "Alone" and Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" and looks at how from the start of each piece the protagonists seemed to be destined for mental disaster. The paper attempts to show that through the authors' use of several literary tools coupled with in-depth interpretations the readers of both works discover the true mania into which the human mind can collapse. The paper also looks at how each work was written during a time when mental illnesses were misunderstood and therefore mistreated and how, at the end of both of these literary pieces, the main characters are left to their own mental prison just as they physically would have been left to during these times.
From the Paper:"From the initial discovery of our protagonist's illnesses both literary works then move on to discuss the loneliness that each character is feeling whether it be from internal or external forces. In the lines of "Alone" it says, "My heart to joy at the same tone; And all I lov'd, I lov'd alone" (lines 7-8). Here the reader is blatantly brought to the conclusion that the character of the poem lives a life of solitude. This can be a literal life of solitude but can also represent a life of mental solitude. Perhaps the character has an overwhelming feeling of being alone even when they are surrounded by people. In Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper our protagonist also comes to lead a life of solitude however, unlike Poe's "Alone" our character in Gilman's short story did not always leave a lone life. "
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