Imagery: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Imagery in literature brings a story to life for the reader. It draws the reader in and surrounds them with the environment of the narrative. The use of imagery will make the reader fully understand the circumstances under which the characters of a story live. In "The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator of the story often describes the wallpaper, each time giving more details. The vivid descriptions allow the reader into the psyche of the narrator, which illustrates her ever-deepening mental illness. The imagery presented in the wallpaper through the narrator's words show her descent into insanity coupled with her desire for independence.
The narrator has been prescribed the rest cure as a treatment for her
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The mention of eyes within the paper shows the narrator feels she is being watched closely by the other members of the household.
The imagery of the wallpaper takes on more significance as the narrator's illness severely deepens. The images the narrator sees in the wallpaper become more defined to her as she studies it, "The wall-paper has a kind of sub-pattern in a different shade, a particularly irritating one, for you can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then. But in the places where it isn't faded and where the sun is just so - I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design" (795). This statement is one of the first hints the narrator may be experiencing hallucinations and her mind is starting to fragment. The narrator is starting to see herself as overpowered by her illness and feels the weight of the burdens she is placing on her family and herself; although not clearly stated, this sentiment may be assumed in the statement, "It is always the same shape, only very numerous. And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern" (796). The narrator sees herself as "creeping" in her own life as she no longer feels she is a productive part of her own family.
The color of the
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