Paranoia And Insanity In 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

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The Yellow Wallpaper By the end of the “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator lets her surroundings, the wallpaper, and her husband John, get the best of her. John treats the narrator as if she were a child and takes away her right to choose and decide how she feels; this eventually leads to her defeat. After being treated like a child and put in a room that is barred up, she develops problems which eventually lead to paranoia and insanity. Both paranoia and insanity eventually lead her to believe that she is the woman who has escaped from the yellow wallpaper. From the very beginning of the story, problems are brought up that hint toward the defeat of Jane. She begins to question her husband, “John is a physician, and perhaps . . . that…show more content…
“It was nursery first and then playroom . . . for the windows are barred for little children and there are rings and things in the walls” (113). The nursery is ironic because it is not a nursery anymore because children are not living and playing in it. Jane is living in the room and she is being treated like a child, so she is starting to imagine that it used to be a nursery. There are times when her husband also refers to her in a child-like manner. He calls her “a blessed little goose” (115) when she becomes upset about the room assignment. Jane is not treated as an adult; she is treated like a child who needs constant guidance even when she can handle things herself. During the day when John is not around, she is watched over by the maid. If he wasn’t treating her like a child then she would be able to stay by herself during the day without someone constantly watching…show more content…
Perhaps because of the wall-paper. It dwells in my mind so!” (117). Jane begins to think that she is becoming the woman in the wallpaper. She is devoting so much of her time to thinking about the wallpaper that she begins to see a woman. She seems very similar to the woman in the wallpaper, “I think that woman gets out in the daytime” (124). It is also no coincidence that Jane gets out during the day. It becomes apparent that she spends lots of time investigating and putting “a long, straight, even smooch” (123) along the perimeter of the wall; when the maid tells of how the narrator’s clothes are covered in the yellow

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