Effects of Isolation in the Yellow Wallpaper

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The Effect of Isolation

Through out the story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and the film, “Santa Sangre,” the main characters finds themselves led into a state of insanity. In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator explains that she is suffering from post partum depression, leaving her husband to treat her with rest cure or bed rest. During this time, she is placed in a solitary room with walls covered in yellow wallpaper. Similarly, through out “Santa Sangre,” Phoenix grows up with his family in a circus, only to end up losing them. He was locked in a trailer as his father had an affair, murdered his mother by cutting off both her arms and then committed suicide in front of Phoenix. He is then
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“I didn't realize for a long time what the thing was that showed behind…but now I am quite sure it is a woman,” (7.1). In this scene, it shows that she is coming to her own form of realization. She has compensated and created her own person because of the lack of other human contact. The narrator had not realized the woman before because she had not been isolated long enough to be insane, until now when she is sure she sees a woman in the wallpaper. From this point on, she continues to show more signs of hallucinations. Specifically, “…I have finally found out. The front pattern does move-and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it,” (7.5). Again, this shows how the severity of her insanity is growing due to the amount of time in isolation. The longer she is secluded, the more she continues to see this woman that does not exist and the more she starts to build a relationship with her.

Similarly, in the film “Santa Sangre,” Phoenix too is isolated from society, and it eventually leads him into insanity. Phoenix is born, into a family of circus performers, which automatically labels him a misfit in the eyes of society. A circus would not have been considered normal in that time, so, it isolates him from society at a young age. His life within the circus is full fantasy because everybody plays a specific role and nobody ever reveals his or her true self.
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