yellow wallpaper - literary analysis

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Literary devices can frequently be the missing link in an ambiguous story. Although it can be frustrating, it forces the reader to dig deep into the story to find the meaning. In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Gilman uses imagery and diction to reveal the narrator during her childish behavior and her increasing insanity. Gilman uses powerful imagery to paint a picture of the setting for the reader, which magnifies the narrator’s childish behaviors. The narrator begins to describe the summer estate as an ordinary old-English house with a beautiful garden, but the narrator is quick to point out that “…there is something strange about the house…” (244). Then the narrator begins to describe specifically her room in more detail: “It was nursery first…I should judge, for the windows and walls are barred for little children, and there are rings and things for the children” (245). This paragraph grabs the reader’s attention because the narrator begins to describe this large, lavish summer retreat, in a childish way. The room starts to slowly appear as a large crib with the bars and little toys around the edge for a child to play with. On the following page, the narrator admits “I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time” (247). Then at night, “And dear John gathered me up in his arms, and just carried me upstairs and laid me on the bed, and sat by me and read to me till it tired my head” (248). The following references support the realization that as time goes by, the narrator becomes so ill that she is literally as helpless as an infant. Furthermore, when the narrator is frightened at night, John comforts her, referring to her as “little girl” and “Bless her little heart!” (249). The narrator begins to have nightmares and she says that John is forcing her to lie a lot during the day, and he makes her rest after every meal (Gilman 250). Gilman uses

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