Literary Criticism Outline
I. “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkin Gilman was inspired by her own personal experience of dealing with mental illness. She had her own encounter of a mental breakdown before writing the short story. Examining foreshadowing, imagery, and personification in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” reveals the intense tone about mental illness and the need for proper treatment at the right time.
II. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the author uses irony to show how ironic it is that she is so ill and is not getting the proper treatment even though john, her husband is a doctor (Charlotte Perkins Gilman) Pg 10.
a. I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus but John says the very worse thing I can so is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad.
i. This quote from the book shows that John knows she is ill but all he says is to not think about it.
ii. She has so much holding her back that John might think it’s better for her but in reality it is making her condition worse.
b. But what of the illness itself, the increasing confusion between inside and outside, between what is in the wallpaper design and what is read into it and between the creeping women in the wallpaper and the heroine as the creeping women (Stephen L. Post) Pg 4.
iii. This quote shows the irony of how her illness remains untreated after she is noticeably ill.
iv. The irony in this passage is that she sees creeping women but in reality that is her.
c. John is so pleased to see me improve! He laughed the other day and said I seemed to be flourishing inspite of my wallpaper. (Charlotte Perkins Gilman) Pg 27.
v. The irony of this quote is that he knows the wallpaper still bothers her but he laughs.
vi. It is also ironic how that is her husband that she can’t feel comfortable talking to him...