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Analysis Of "The Yellow Wallpaper"

  • Submitted by: ceciliawu
  • on February 18, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 526 words

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"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The author uses a first person narrator to tell a woman's story. She was writing a diary everyday, and recording her experience from a little nervous depression to a extremely mad situation. In the story, her husband took her to a big and haunted house for their summer vacation. She became more and more mad in that house, especially with the yellow wallpaper in their room. She can imagine that in the yellow paper, there were women creeping all the time. At the end, the woman is nearly insane. As I can see from it, the yellow wallpaper was the main factor that made the narrator insane, while in a deep interpretation, the wallpaper was just a symbol of the domestic power of man that controlled the woman's life in the 19th century.
      "The Yellow Wallpaper" implies the woman's lower position in that society. Men have the dominant position. Everything the man said is the best at that time. In "The Yellow Wallpaper", the narrator which is the young woman thought that "I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus—but John says the very worst thing I can do is think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad. So I will let it alone and talk about the house"(159). Her husband did not want her to think and write anything, just listen to him. She can not follow what she really think and what she want. His husband John as a physician did not know what way is the best for his wife. He built his authority in his family in that society.
      Through this story, I can see that the theme of feminism in the 19th century. Woman was not able to think or write in that society. Men had the powerful position. Woman who had knowledge and own thoughts were dangerous and unacceptable at that time. So "The Yellow Wallpaper" disclosed this problem in that society. In the story, there is a creeping woman who was the imagination of the narrator from...

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