Interpretations of Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

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Interpretations of Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an example of how stories and the symbolism to which they are related can influence the perspective of its readers and alternate their point of view. In the “Yellow Wall-Paper”, the unknown narrator gets so influenced by her surroundings that she starts showing signs of mental disorder, creating through many years several controversies on trying to find the real causes of her decease. Gilman’s story has been cause of debates since it publication, it has been analyzed by many intellectuals and exposed to many different points of views, but no one has proven to be completely right about the different kind of meanings…show more content…
Days turn into weeks, and after still being exposed to this particular yellow wallpaper, she stars having more severe hallucinations. Every time she looks at the wallpaper, she sees a woman inside it, shaking and moving the walls as if she is trying to escape away from it. Gilman uses the image of this trapped woman inside the wallpaper as a way to express the incarceration of women at her time. By looking at the story from this point of view and analyzing the woman trying to leave the wallpaper, Gilman expresses the revolutionary movement that was going on at the time, using the narrator as a symbol of the whole female society. One critic describes “And in identifying with and freeing both the woman and that part of herself trapped by her patriarchal world, the narrator finds a measure of freedom” (Golden 53). This passage represents Gilman’s society and the struggle that women had go through in order to escape a world dominated by a male society. Readers can perceive that the narrator feels kidnapped and tormented by her husband’s lack of interest towards her mental illness, and these hallucinations are the reaction of it, or maybe she is just trying to get her husband’s attention more often. The narrator comments that “John is away all day, and even
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