Symbolism In The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Molly Melching once said “to change society, we first must change minds.” In the story of “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she tells a haunting and feminist masterpiece of a marriage in which both the narrator and her husband are trapped in their assigned roles. The story focuses on the narrator's condition as she slowly loses sense of reality, being misunderstood and misdiagnosed by her husband who believes that the best treatment is to confine herself to her room and rest. Denying the narrator her freedom of expression which she cannot assert her independence, she is within a predicament where she is not heard or is validated becoming a vital importance to the overall message of the story. Within the short…show more content…
Realistically, windows symbolize freedom and opportunity but the bars depicted on the windows symbolize her being locked away from her expression, being jailed and confined to be within the norms of society. This section, John shuts them in one scene not validating a word the narrator says. He leaves his wife in her room and later starts to notice the estranged figure approaching behind the wallpaper which leads into the significance of the overall view of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” At the very end of Gilman's short story, the yellow wallpaper conveys a huge role. The narrator first describes it by saying “the color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow turning sunlight.”(Gilman 528) and later discusses “The front pattern does move-and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think they are a great and many women behind…”(Gilman 534) From this, she sets her mind focusing on the wallpaper trying to interpret the text she believes is there. Symbolically, reinforces that gender roles is ugly. While the narrator is stuck in this room the only thing that allows her to escape would be the wallpaper. She cannot go out because of John taking control of all her activities that all she can do it sit and watch the estranged figure creeping around daytime. In this situation, the narrator realizes that it's a women and questions why she creeps during the day as it is humiliating to be seen. From what is
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