in response to what they say. Then it comes through again when she says how she disagrees with their ideas and believes "congenial work... would do me good," yet she has the same attitude of "what is one to do?" In a little way, she is starting to find her voice by doing something that is pretty much unheard of at this time, she defies what John and her brother say and writes "in spite of them." She states how "it DOES exhaust me a good deal" but, this is due to her having to be sneaky. The writing itself sets her free and opens her mind.
There is also the fact that she has a dissolute feeling when she knows the people that she mailed the letters to will read them. Yet one could make the argument that Miss. Strangeworth is not evil but simply has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is where she must have everything perfect, “She found doing things exactly right” (Jackson 210). This would cause her to see the imperfections within people but not herself and cause her to think that she had to be better than anyone else.
She feels uncomfortable around people she does not know. Instead of attending event more often and trying to get over her shyness, she stopped attending events because it something she can not change. This is an example of learned helplessness. There were thing that she could have done to try and get over her shyness, but she chose to give in to it. Expert interview: She believes is shyness is her major problem in life then she is lucky.
A reader might analyze this action to be symbolic of this character trying to regain any sanity she had left. John returned home and broke the bedroom door down. When John entered the room, he discovered the disheveled room and spotted his wife crawling on the floor. She looked him in his eyes and said, “I’ve got out at last…you can’t put me back”. John fainted.
She reflects her feelings of imprisonment by her husband, onto how she interprets the wallpaper. While she continues to find meaning in it, she becomes more and more insane. Eventually, Jane starts to feel as if the wallpaper is watching her. While she starts to decode it, she discovers a woman trapped in the bars of the pattern. The woman stuck in the wallpaper does circles and is sometimes able to crawl out through the window.
She eventually becomes so absorbed by the wallpaper that she sees a woman trapped inside of it and then tries to free her by peeling off the wallpaper. Once she peels off the wallpaper to free the women her husband returns and faints at the sight of her circling the room which she continues to do despite having to crawl over his slumped body. Context can be described as "The part of a text or statement that surrounds a Page 2 particular word or passage and determines its meaning." Which in this case is extremely important for
The short story is effective to the readers in that it is able to show the repercussions of unbalanced power on one in marriage by the topics of dominance, ignorance, and control. However because the story is written in the first person's point of view, the narrator of "The Yellow Wallpaper" may be seen as an unreliable source. With more voices in the story and having read more books on the topic of gender stratification, the readers might get a sense that marriage in the 1800's was actually not as depressing and unfair for women as the story portrays it was through
In The Yellow Wallpaper, the more the protagonist looks at the wallpaper, the more she realizes her submissiveness of the womankind and how she tries to find their freedom along with hers, is nicely depicted through her mental struggle. “The front pattern does move --and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over” (Gilman 7), conveys how the narrator gradually becomes more powerful understanding her position and it further confirms her struggle against “front pattern” of male dominance. She starts pulling off the wallpaper as she wants to free the trapped woman and this depicts how capable she is to fight against her own suppression as well.
Later on in the story the images start to become clearer she says “it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern” (Gilman 614). Towards the end of the story she says, “sometimes I think there are a great many of women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast and her crawling shakes it all over” (Gilman 616). This could symbolize that at first when she sees just eyes in the wallpaper. She believes that people are watching her in the situation of not being able to be her own person and do what she wants to do instead of being told; then she realizes that she not the only woman in that situation, yet most of the time she feels alone and that no one is there to help her out. Gretchen Greene points out Gilman’s own life by stating this, “Specifically, Gilman and the narrator are trying to escape the function society has
Women did not escape torture and punishment during this violent era - Anne Askew was put to the rack for her religious beliefs, and subsequently died, during the reign of Elizabeth's father King Henry VIII.” (William Shakespeare info) This shows that all classes were punished for their crimes, not just the lower class. The nobility could not escape punishment, however they are automatically exempt from torture but other courtiers were not. In Romeo and Juliet, violence is portrayed as universal. To portray the image of violence in the characters, Shakespeare has the Prince recite a monologue to the fighters… “...You men, you beasts, that quench the fire of your pernicious rage with purple fountains issuing from your veins, on pain of torture, from those bloody hands throw your distempered weapons to the ground and hear the sentence of your moved prince. three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, by thee, old Capulet, and Montague,