The short story Yellow Wallpaper centers around a central theme that a person’s physical surroundings have a direct impact on their mental state. This is highlighted in the film as the yellow wallpaper in the room, not only has an impact, but is an indicator of the narrators deteriorating mental state. The narrator who goes unnamed is hinted at recently giving childbirth and is showing the signs of postpartum psychosis and postpartum depression, both of which lead to the deterioration of her mental state later on in the story. This mental state is revealed early on in the story, yet it is downplayed and not exposed to the full extent of its severity to the reader. “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and
This is shown when she is sleepwalking and goes through the past and shows that she regrets what she has done. “Out damned spot. Out, I say!” from Act V scene 1 At the end of Act I she is reading a letter she got from Macbeth. The letter talks about the prophecies the witches told him. About becoming the Thane of Cawdor, and becoming the King.
The reason the scene was cut from the play lies in both the significance of the conversation and what it revealed about the John Proctor in terms of his affair and his character. The conversation between John Proctor and Abigail Williams had great significance to both the play itself and the setting in which it was placed. It blatantly called out the irony of the Puritan way of life and the hypocrisy going on in Salem at the time. When Abigail addresses John and says, “Oh Hypocrites! Have you won him too?” [p. 151], she is referring to the townspeople of Salem as the hypocrites and questioning John’s integrity and strength.
The story is also told in a chronological order that starts at the beginning of the summer where Jane is somewhat “ill” to where it progresses to the end where Jane finally losses her mind. The major differences that we see from the beginning to the end of the story is Jane’s slow slip into this illness and how the love and romantic gesture she believed to be from her husband john turned into somewhat resentment towards him because of how its designed to control her. In this story the climax is for sure when Jane losses it the night before she is to be checked out and when john comes to collect her he finds that she has ripped the yellow wallpaper that she has complained about the whole summer ripped from the
When the narrator has trouble sleeping, she sleeps in her husband’s bed so that her bed is the empty one she is looking at. She also puts Flea’s socks on her hands and wears his watch. (238) I believed these were all actions that allow her to feel closer to Flea and have the luxury of forgetting that he is now gone. These actions would appropriately coincide with Kübler-Ross’s depression stage. Although the stages can occur in any order, acceptance is commonly known to be the last stage.
He seems very queer sometimes, and even Jennifer has an inexplicable look.” (246), “I know she was studying that pattern, and I am determined that nobody shall find it out but myself!” (247) Her obsession with the wallpaper gains momentum because she wasn’t allowed to change it. At the end, John faints when he breaks into the room and sees his wife in the psychotic
Towards the end of the story, the narrator begins to obsess over the yellow wallpaper that covers the walls of the nursery. She eventually begins to see what she describes as a female figure trapped behind the bar-like pattern and comes to believe that she and the figure are suffering from the oppression of being imprisoned. As her preoccupation of the wallpaper pattern progresses, she no longer has the desire to become who her family wishes her to be and instead thinks only of how she can go about releasing the woman from the wallpaper. She grows more obsessive and insane with the passing of each day. In the end of the story, the narrator has lost all sense of reality, and John discovers her crawling around on the floor of the nursery, following the pattern of the wallpaper.
Our intentions were very similar to Berkoff’s as we wanted to show the dehumanising of Gregor and how inconsiderate his family are regarding his situation. We also wanted to portray Gregor’s family’s obsession with finances and them wanting to conform to normality in society. The play was set when there were clear class divisions and being Total Theatre Berkoff was reacting to these relavant issues throughout the play. In this case Berkoff was raecting to class divisions and as well as this genderv
We are tempted to think that the soul purpose of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible was to create an outlet that exposed the mass hysteria of the McCarthy era , however to say this you would be ignoring the central themes that have allowed this play to reach universal audiences. Among themes such as the abuse of power, conflict with authority and mass hysteria The Crucible deals with the importance of identity and the individual conscience. These two themes are closely linked because until you complete your journey in finding yourself you are unable to have an individual conscience. Miller uses one of the central characters in the story, John Proctor, to explore the journey of individual conscience. This theme combined with a unique structure and language allows him to creature a play that addresses the social and political concerns which are essential to every human existence.
Because of the fewer scenes and events used in short story, they have to be selected and ordered, lead swiftly to the moment of crisis face by the main character. Each scene reflected the conflict progressing between the women and her husband in order to compare the social class of both in society or at home. From the beginning, she was totally under the control from her husband who is a “high standing physician”, neither in treatment nor working outside. She felt can “not get well faster” and deep depression on herself. She gradually lost her sanity and became extremely madness at last, the story reached its climax and the women tear the wallpaper off the wall and felt freedom due to “pulled of most of the paper and can’t put her back”.