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Gothic Traits In The Yellow Wall-Paper In Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wall-Paper gothic symbols represented by characters and surroundings lead to a womans insanity A rest cure prescribed by doctors to cure mental problems meant for some a life of isolation and an end to all mental stimulation This is the type of torture that the John the villain has sentenced the narrator to She s doomed to life in a prison cell with little or no freedom to do as she pleases John portrays a Gothic villain through various ways some more subtle than others One specific way that John portrays a Gothic villain is that he never listens to the narrators opinion Being a physician of high standing Johns opinions are never challenged667 Perhaps for fear of reprisal or because the narrator does not know any better John laughs at the thoughts and opinions of his wife thinking that she is inferior and that her thoughts are not important Another Gothic trait is the fact that John is putting his wife in uncomfortable and unfamiliar surroundings He dominates her by setting rules and not allowing any activity He locks her away in a tower like setting which adds to the Gothic theme The setting of the story takes place in a large house a colonial mansion667 The house in itself could be seen as a Gothic symbol because of its Gothic traits The narrator refers to it as being a haunted house and that there is something queer about it667 The house is large with broken greenhouses which gives an overwhelming first impression The greenhouses could represent a delapedated state that the house could be in Near the house is a large garden Gardens are common in haunted house type settings A garden can have a maze like quality giving a sense of being trapped The house is also in a secluded location which makes
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