Effects of Loneliness and Isolation in the Short Stories “Metamorphosis” and “the Yellow Wallpaper”

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Effects of loneliness and isolation in the short stories “Metamorphosis” and “The Yellow Wallpaper”

In Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the

reader can easily see demonstrated the effects of the alienation and loneliness both of the main

characters experience. The feeling of loneliness and the state of alienation leave the characters changed

from who they were and manages to completely alter their lives in almost every imaginable way. Each

main character is faced with certain circumstances that inevitably lead them to a point in their lives

where they are completely alone and left dealing with extreme situations pretty
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mother is locked away in a room in their rented summer house, where she is told to do nothing except

relax. The young mother’s passion for journaling leads her to secretly document her time in solitary

confinement. The journaling is her only outlet from her current situation and she nervously protects it

from being known by her husband and the house keeper. The young mother does say, (pg473) “I did


write for a while in spite of them; but it does exhaust me a great deal- having to be so sly about it, or

else meet with heavy opposition.” The young mother while in solitary begins to slowly experience

delusions about her surroundings. She becomes obsessed with the wallpaper in her room, believing it

has a secret life of its own or that there is a life inside its pattern. The young mother exclaims, (pg481)

“I really have discovered something at last. Through watching it so much at night, when it changes so, I

have finally found out. The front pattern of the wallpaper does move- and no wonder! The woman

behind it shakes it!” The young mother’s delusions are fueled by her limited exposure to real people.

She is left to herself in that room with the yellow wallpaper, and slowly goes mad. The effects of

loneliness and alienation are severely damaging to the young mothers psyche. The young mother has

hallucinations of an imaginary woman who is a prisoner, which closely relates to
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