Alienation & Loneliness in 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

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Alienation and Loneliness in “The Yellow Wallpaper” In the story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator talks about several things: She feels she is sick and her brother and husband do not believe her, her husband moved her to a deserted house and keeps her isolated, he controls her every move, and she feels that she has no companionship. All of these things contribute to the theme of alienation and loneliness in this story. The Narrator is convinced she is sick; however, her brother and husband do not believe her. She says, “You see, he does not believe I am sick…If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but…show more content…
She doesn’t feel she has any companionship, even with her husband. “It’s so hard to talk to John about my case…” (Gilman 350). So she can’t confide in anyone about the way she feels. Not only that, but he talks down to her, “What is it little girl?”, “Bless her little heart.” (Gilman 350), and calls her a “blessed little goose” (Gilman 347), as if she is a child. With her husband talking to her like that, the feeling of alienation due to not feeling like she is on the same level as her husband is inevitable. She also spends a good deal of time alone and cries a lot. “I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time. Of course I don’t when John is here, or anybody else, but when I am alone. And I am alone a good deal just now.” (Gilman 348) A person who is happy and surrounded by people they love, don’t spend so much time crying, alone. The author has used all of these examples to accurately portray alienation and loneliness. The poor woman is so alone and isolated, and she doesn’t try to hide it in the least. Everything she writes about is how she is alone, crying, or trying to make someone else happy by doing something, or by not doing something, or she’s hiding what she’s doing to avoid getting in trouble. She can’t do anything that makes her happy. She’s trapped in this huge, ugly room with tattered wallpaper and bars on the windows. In fact, she focuses so much on the horrible paper that her condition continues to worsen. She’s told what to do and when

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