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The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper

The writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes the short story ‘’The Yellow Wallpaper’’, in 1899. A period of time where women weren’t allowed to have equal rights or the same opportunities as men had because of the male dominated society. The short story is written in first person narrator with a limited point of view. The narrators’ husband, named John, is a physician and she is very dominated by him. She is mentally ill and her husband always tells her what to not do and in her head she doesn’t agree with his methods ”Personally, I disagree with their ideas”(p. 1, l. 24), but she does it almost as he says anyway.
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”(p. 2, l. 23-25), and it seems to be a reflection of her illness. In this quote, she describes her uncertainty and unpleasantness, and when she says “the lame uncertain”, she refers to the suggestions her husband makes and when the narrator says “suicide” then that is what she thinks it all will end with.
The narrator wants to write down her feelings in a diary, so she could clear her mind. But her husband John doesn’t allow it. “I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.”(p. 3, l. 25-26). Because of his methods to make her well, she uses her imagination to vitalise the wallpaper. She imagines women, colour changes and pattern changes in the wallpaper. During the story, her illness gets worse: “The front pattern does move--and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!”(p. 9, l. 6). She believes that she is living inside of the wallpaper, which indicates, she can’t separate imagination from reality and her illness is very bad.
In the end she locks her door, so her husband John can’t get in: “I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard!”(p. 11, l. 15). She doesn’t want him to come in and put her back in the wallpaper. "I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the paper,...

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