Essay On Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Insanity In The Yellow Wallpaper

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“The Yellow Wallpaper”: Unknown Insanity The 19th century was filled with a lot of unknown illness and disorders. Charlotte Perkins-Gilman chooses to write about the unknown illness in which some women faced at the time. The 19th century was also a time where women had fewer rights than men. This may have contributed to one of the ways the story is set for the narrator’s insanity. The narrator’s insanity is caused by her husband, the treatment prescribed for her, and her obsession with the yellow wallpaper. One cause of the narrator’s insanity is the relationship between her and her husband. The narrator’s relationship with her husband is one of a father to daughter relationship. The narrator state, “John laughed at me but of course, one expects that in marriage” (Gilman 746). She is forced to live as a young child would live. The…show more content…
The narrator hates the yellow wallpaper from the first times she sees it. She states, “I never saw a worse paper in my life” (747). She eventually begins to see things in the wallpaper as time passes from being in the room so much. The narrator states, “[….] – I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that sill and conspicuous front design” (749). Eventually this leads to the narrator beginning to obsess with the wallpaper. She states, “I’m getting really fond of the room in spite of the wallpaper. Perhaps because of the wallpaper” (750). The narrator begins to have thoughts of homicide because of the wallpaper and its smell. She states “It used to disturb me at first. I thought seriously of burning the house to reach the smell” (753). At the end of it all the narrator finally goes insane. She states, “Then I peeled off all the paper I could reach standing on the floor. It sticks horribly and the pattern just enjoys it!” (755). After all the factors the narrator had to take there was nothing else to do but go
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