Analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper, The Birthmark, and The Goose Girl

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There have been various analysis based on these three stories and the characters involved: “The Yellow Wallpaper,” “The Birthmark,” and “The Goose Girl”. This paper will focus on analysis based on figurative languages used either consciously or unconsciously, the passivity of the characters, motivations, role performed in the story, and the agendas used by the various authors. The point of this analysis is to show how various authors have used short stories to give the world a diverse message that can be spun in many different directions. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman who specialized in poetry, short stories and social reform. Jane in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a passive character that shows …show more content…
The location utilized in this short story is an ideal prison location. It is considered to be a secluded area with nobody but a mansion at a particular landscape. “It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, three miles from the village” (Charlotte Perkins Gilman). The description of the place by the narrator shows an exact image of what the critic calls “Foucauldian prison.” “The narrator is confined to a nursery at the top of the house that is similar to a cell in Panopticon.” “In short, it reverses the principle of the dungeon; or rather of its three functions—to enclose, to deprive of light and to hide—it preserves only the first and eliminates the other two. Full lighting and the eye of a supervisor capture better than darkness, which ultimately protected. Visibility is a trap” (Michel Foucault, 1979). The prison in which the narrator is held is unlike every other prison that is known in the outside world. Rather than iron gates being used as doors to confine all inmates to a particular cell, wallpaper is used as bars instead. The critic believes that the light from the wallpaper was so bright. This is a feature not seen in an everyday prison.
Foucault also argues the case about seeing the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” as an “infant-like Feminist”. “She is also an infant-like feminist who consciously rather than unconsciously rebels against the social Panopticon. She tries her best to use ‘pen’ which symbolizes ‘penis’ to…