For example, she says, “The color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight,” (Gilman, pg. 2). She hates the color especially, possibly because yellow is the color of death, and the design because she can’t seem to make sense of the pattern itself. She studies the wallpaper on a daily basis and soon comes to the conclusion that what she sees behind the wallpaper is a woman aching to escape. This woman in the wall represents the narrator herself, for she is restricted from what she loves so much in life, writing.
The main character suffers from depression. Her husband wants to help with her illness, but only helps make her worse by preventing her from enjoying what she loves the most. "There comes John, and I must put this away, he hates to have me write words. "(Gilman,Charlotte) John does not think that his wife should write, rather he wants her to rest everyday in the room with yellow wallpaper. The wallpaper however begins to take a toll on the woman’s life.
Our narrator starts out being credible, and she tells us how she does not like the wallpaper at all. But as the story progresses, we can see how our narrator changes. An example of this is tells us how the pattern becomes clearer every day, “it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don’t like it a bit.”(p.8). At this point she starts seeing various things in the wallpaper, but she still dislikes it, however later on we can see how her madness progresses and becomes a serious issue.
The wallpaper is at first a great annoyance to Jane as she claims that it is confusing and contradicting. Jane was a writer and was not permitted to express herself through the means of writing. She is not only affected by the physical restraints of being inside the room alone, but the yellow wallpaper is dreadful and fosters only negative creativity. Jane's negative thoughts are first displayed through "It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions." This is displaying the beginning of her negative thoughts which is the contribution to her spiralling into insanity since her disease confuses her mind and contradicts her logic, the paper parallels her mental state at this point.
During this time period women aren’t allowed to express their thoughts and are taught to keep them to themselves. Jane would try and write to express her individuality, but her husband scorns her for doing so. He tells her, “that with [her] imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like [hers] is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that [she] ought to use [her] will and good sense to check the tendency”(1686). Even though John tells her not to write, she “know[s] John would think it absurd. But [she] must say what [she] feel[s] and think in some way” (1689).
The wife is forbidden to write or leave the house, and is confined to her bedroom most of the day. Unable to do what she loves, which is writing, she turns her focus on interpreting the ugly, yellow wallpaper in her room. She describes a “formless figure that seems to skulk about the behind the front design” of the wallpaper. She soon goes mad. The reader’s reaction of fear is the effect of our point of view.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” Passage Analysis Passage: I don't like to look out of the windows even-- there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast. I wonder if they all come out of that wall-paper as I did? But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope--you don't get me out in the road there ! I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard! It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please!
The story is about a family that live in an automated house called "The Happylife Home," the house was filled with machines that did everything for them like cooking, cleaning, rocking them to sleep , clothing them, etc. The two children in the story Peter and Wendy are fascinated/ obsessed with the nursery, their parents Lydia and George are starting worrying about the children. When the parents decide to turn off the machines in the house, the kids are not too happy about it. In this short story, Bradley points out that neglecting your children can result in them acting up and resenting you because of you not being around for them and the children not giving you respect to. Lydia and George are not good parents to their children.
The play ‘All my Sons” by Arthur Miller focuses on the themes of loss, guilt and the past revealing itself in the present. In this scene, Miller reveals that Kate and Ann feel very differently about Larry. Kate, as Larry’s mother, refuses to believe that he has died and needs other people around her to feel the same to give her feeling credibility, whereas Ann has come to terms with his death and, although expresses sadness and has a nostalgic attitude, feels ready to move forward with her life. Kate is driven by emotions regarding her feelings for Larry and Chris is determined for her to face up to reality. However, her sons death is something she won’t accept due to the implications it might have, displaying that she is trapped in the past.
The narrator continues to lose her willpower and strength. She tries to talk reasonably to her husband about visiting her relatives, but breaks down and starts crying during the conversation. Seeing that he was not going to let her leave the vacation home, she continues to watch the wallpaper. Within the pattern, the shape of a woman creeping is becoming clearer. The narrator wishes she could leave.