“The Yellow Wallpaper” Essay
“The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman depicts the effect of confinement on the narrator's mental health and her mental breakdown. She becomes obsessed by the pattern and color of the wallpaper. "It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! Even though she hates the wallpaper, the narrator is also strangely fascinated by it.
The mental restraints placed upon the narrator, even more so than the physical ones, are what ultimately drive her insane. She has to hide her anxieties and fears in order to preserve the image of a happy marriage and to make it seem as though she is winning the fight against her depression. She is not allowed to do anything, not even take care of her newborn child. From the beginning, the most intolerable aspect of her treatment is the silence. She is forced to become completely passive, not allowed her mind in any way. Writing is off limits, and John warns her several times that she must use her self-control to rein in her imagination, which he fears will run away with her. She is constantly longing for an emotional and intellectual outlet, even going so far as to keep a secret journal, which she describes more than once as a “relief” to her mind. .
The narrator continues to lose her willpower and strength. She tries to talk reasonably to her husband about visiting her relatives, but breaks down and starts crying during the conversation. Seeing that he was not going to let her leave the vacation home, she continues to watch the wallpaper. Within the pattern, the shape of a woman creeping is becoming clearer. The narrator wishes she could leave.
In the end, she imagines there are women creeping around behind the patterns of the wallpaper and comes to believe she is one of them. She locks herself in the room, refusing to leave when the summer rental is up. "For outside you have to creep on the ground, and everything is green instead of yellow. But here I can creep smoothly on the floor,...