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An Analysis of the Short Story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Symbolism of the Wallpaper
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The Yellow Wallpaper In the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman it is interesting to see an otherwise simple plot become increasingly complex due to the metaphorical significance of the wallpaper In my reading I can come up with many applications of the narrators sickness to matters of the world such as femininity depression and the confines that other people put on us or that we put on ourselves After analyzing the story it could easily be said that the author was trying to portray the struggle of domination between men and women In a sense the narrator eventually escapes her husbands control but at the cost of her own sanity I feel that Gilmans story can be taken in its most literal sense as the battle between male and female but to dig deeper why couldnt we say that the story shows a general struggle over the control of our own lives The general population is brought up by some authority that tells us what is right and wrong and as we grow older we slowly become more independent As we move away from whomever or whatever has raised us we begin to savor our sovereignty but also realize that now we still have to answer to someone This someone can be a boss landlord the government God etc We are never entirely free that is until we are dead or at least dead to this world Although I feel we can never really be free there are some things that can act as a temporary escape The wallpaper is symbolic of the state of mind of the narrator The room where the narrator has to spend her time is symbolic of the conditions that eventually make her lose her mind and the most dominant feature in the room is the yellow wallpaper with its torturing 1 pattern The woman is eventually forced into
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