The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper

"But I must not think about that. This paper looks to me as if it knew what a viciousinfluence it had! There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyesstare at you upside down."(1)

"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 shecrawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over."(11)

"And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through thatpattern--it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads."(111)

"The Yellow Wallpaper" was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman during a great change. During this time period, women were expected to stay home and tend to household chores and motherly duties. They were seen with lower power than men in social, political, and economical situations. Gilman encouraged women to stand up and demand equal rights. "The Yellow Wallpaper" reflected her thoughts and feelings of depression toward unequal freedom. In the story, there was a sick woman, her husband, a physician, their nanny, and their child. The woman is confined in a room with a mysterious, creepy wallpaper. The more she stares into it, the more she believes a woman is behind the wallpaper. Her husband brushes it off and constantly tells her to rest. One day she spots the woman from behind the wallpaper creeping. The next day she rips the yellow wallpaper off the wall. When her husband sees what she has done, she says, "And I've pulled off most of the paper,so you can't put me back!" The story can be related to how it feels to break free and receive what you're searching for. The woman was in need of peace, and to be free of so many demands from her husband. Her tearing off the wallpaper symbolizes her escaping from the mental chains of her husband.

The Yellow Wallpaper

"I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the paper,so you can't put me back!"(1V)


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