Yellow Wallpaper Research Papers

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Zoey Crain Comp 1302 Prof. Dodge February 9, 2012 The Yellow Wallpaper The psychological thriller, The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a short story about a woman with postpartum depression. The narrator’s husband and brother concluded it was a nervous depression. Her husband and she move out to a rather suspicious house, so she can better herself. She isn’t aloud to do any kind of work and is given strict instructions to get air and relax her self. She spends most of her time in a room that she suspects to be an old play room for the past owner’s children. The room is covered with yellow wallpaper which taunts her with images and patterns that she sees. She is mesmerized by the images and they consume her. She loses her touch with reality and becomes one of the creeping women she sees. The narrator’s imagination pushes her over the edge into insanity. Her downward spiral is shown by yellow wallpaper. The narrator first describes the wallpaper as, “lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide--plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions,” (Gilman). Deep down the narrator knows that she does not have a temporary nervous depression. She is uncertain in all her actions. Her husband wants her not to do any kind of…show more content…
Her husband is gone from the house more often, to take care of the patients with serious conditions, leaving her with Jennie, his sister. She feels alone and her imagination makes up these apparitions in the wallpaper to keep her amused. She starts seeing a woman creeping in the wallpaper. The woman scares her and she wants to move into a different room to escape her phantom presence. Her imagining this woman is representing the narrator subconsciously realizing that she might me going crazy and that fact scares her and she wants to escape the empty room that leaves her to her
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