Humble Items that Trap a Woman Essay

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Humble Items That Trap a Woman Author Charlotte P. Gilman’s, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a complex short story that discusses the thoughts and feelings of a woman who is kept confined in a small upstairs bedroom by her husband. The woman suffers from depression and anxiety, yet her spouse whom is a physician claims that she is not terribly ill. Despite all the strange thoughts she acquires, she continues to force herself to accept her new life style and awkward place of living. As she comes to find herself overwhelmed with her personal bedroom, we soon discover that the room’s yellow wallpaper is what affects her directly and is the reason for her many interpretations. The symbols in the story take a great part in the overall plot and…show more content…
No wonder she becomes absolutely obsessed with the yellow wallpaper in her room. Once restricted from all other things in the world, she turns to using her surroundings as her own entertainment. First the wallpaper simply appears very unpleasant due to it being a color that “is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight” (267). It is extremely unappealing to the eye and “the paint and paper looks as if a boys’ school had used it” (267). Keeping this in mind, the woman witnesses the entire condition of the wallpaper day by day as she analyzes each flaw and focuses on interpreting the pattern of its layers. As she attempts to figure out how it is all organized, she becomes entirely fascinated with the paper’s “ostensibly formless pattern.” Frustrated and unaware of why it is structured the way it is, the woman is then attached; determined to soon comprehend its meaning and purpose. “For the thousandth time that I WILL follow that pointless pattern to some sort of a conclusion,” she stated (270). Throughout all this time the woman is experiencing various emotions from the stress she is encountering being confined in a small room all alone and away from everyone. That causes her great misery; the fact that no matter how much she wants to associate with others she is not able to with her condition of a nervous weakness. What loneliness does
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