Gilman does not give the reader the name of the women who narrates the story through her stream of consciousness. I see her in those dark grape arbors, creeping all around the garden. And what can one do? The ways in which The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Woman in Black directed by James Watkins portray the themes of isolation and madness through elements such as context, symbolism and tone. John; her husband is a psychologist and thinks that his wife has a mental disorder because of all the free thinking and puts her through the rest cure. This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had! When we use the term 'symbolism', we mean the literary technique of having an object represent an idea or concept. Just like the narrator as a reader, when one comes into contact with a confusing and complicated text, one tries to find a single meaning. In this damp weather it is awful, I wake up in the night and find it hanging over me.
I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper. There is a beautiful shaded lane that runs down there from the house. It is only as her insanity sets in, as she succumbs, not to her husband but to the wallpaper itself, that she is made free. Does the wallpaper fatigue our narrator? But what is one to do? Really dear you are better! I don't want to leave now until I have found it out. She lives with her husband John in a house. He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction. But I tried it last night.
The play was directed by Philip Cuomo. I can't do it at night, for I know John would suspect something at once. I got so angry, I bit off a little piece of the corner. Her husband, John, a physician, has taken the narrator, a new mother, to a rented country home for the summer in order for her to recover from postpartum psychosis. John thought it might do me good to see a little company, so we just had mother and Nellie and the children down for a week.
The use of imagery and setting helps show this theme throughout the story. Still I will proudly declare that there is something queer about it. I want to astonish him. Perhaps because of the wallpaper. I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be misconstrued. She then rebelled against his advice, and moved to California to continue writing. John is a physician, and perhaps-- I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind -- perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster.
I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes I'm sure I never used to be so sensitive. But I said it was so quiet and empty and clean now that I believed I would lie down again and sleep all I could; and not to wake me even for dinner--I would call when I woke. The furniture in this room is no worse than inharmonious, however, for we had to bring it all from downstairs. The kind that squeaks ever few seconds upon leaning. Indeed he started the habit by making me lie down for an hour after each meal.
The narrator has no say in even the smallest details of her life, and she retreats into her obsessive fantasy, the only place she can retain some control and exercise the power of her mind. In other instances, she will abruptly end a sentence by imagining how John would dismiss her. I had no intention of telling him it was because of the wall-paper--he would make fun of me. I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy-store. So I will let it alone and talk about the house. Of course I didn't do a thing.
And John is so queer now, that I don't want to irritate him. Like most nurseries at the time the windows are barred, the wallpaper has been torn, and the floor is scratched. If she did tell him that the yellow wallpaper vexed her as it does he would insist that she leave. This captivating story illustrates the stifling plight of the protagonist in a patriarchal society. I fancy it is the pattern that keeps her so still.
A strip about as high as my head and half around the room. As I've already stated Gillman's use of syntax begins in a controlled way. John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious. The narrator is reduced to acting like a cross, petulant child, unable to stand up for herself without seeming unreasonable or disloyal. Her eyes are drawn into it, her emotions are displays of it, her behavior results from her psychological reactions to the color yellow.
As the narrator peers into the wallpaper, she sees a human whose image is grotesque, distorted, and malformed. John is kept in town very often by serious cases, and Jennie is good and lets me alone when I want her to. Jane relieves herself by ripping down the wallpaper. It also contains locks and gates throughout. As the story progresses, one can see that she is not receiving proper treatment for her depression and thus it is getting worse. Jane is controlled in her every move. Through watching so much at night, when it changes so, I have finally found out.
Her husband chooses for them to sleep there due to its multitude of windows, which provide the air so needed in her recovery. I didn't realize for a long time what the thing was that showed behind, that dim sub-pattern, but now I am quite sure it is a woman. There were greenhouses, too, but they are all broken now. In The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte… 1326 Words 6 Pages A Woman Trapped: A Feminist Analysis of the Yellow Wallpaper The short story, the Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman can be analyzed in depth by both the psycho-analytic theory and the feminist theory. For example, throughout this short story, the narrator is frequently commenting on how loving and kind her husband is, particularly in how he cares for her during her nervous condition. Perhaps it is meant to be ironic. He thought I was asleep first, but I wasn't, and lay there for hours trying to decide whether that front pattern and the back pattern really did move together or separately.