Taylor Tuscai. Mr. Schoen. English Ii Pre-Ap. April 28,

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Taylor Tuscai
Mr. Schoen
English II Pre-AP
April 28, 2017
“The Story that Started A Movement”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman is widely recognized for her support of feminism and calls for awareness to her mental condition by voicing her ideas through her original writing. One of her works, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, describes a woman who suffers from severe anxiety and is isolated in a room in order to “heal” according to her husband. While in the room, she becomes obsessed with the ugly wallpaper, which leads to her fall. In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author discusses the Narrator’s deteriorating mental state, her inability to differentiate reality and imagination, and her desire to rebel against
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He believes that her sudden mental instability is attributed to her loss of self identity. Therefore, Feldstein and Perkins both agree that the narrator’s serious and sudden downfall is based off her attachment to her doubles in the wallpaper. The symbols that the narrator sees in the wallpaper also symbolize gender roles and how women are viewed during this time period. Perkins introduces this claim by writing, “And she is all the time trying to climb through that pattern--it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads” (Perkins 6). The author once again discusses the narrator’s visualizations of the trapped women and how they continuously try to break free from the wallpaper. Perkins further conveys that women are suffering from the “strangling” feeling that comes from male influence and how it leaves womankind in a state of instability to move or breath as an individual. Also, the author includes victorious commentary from the narrator after she escapes from John by saying, “I’ve got out at last,’ said I, ‘In spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back” (Perkins 5). This triumphant exclaim referencing the wallpaper can go two ways. She begins understand that figuratively, the wallpaper embodies John’s double as it symbolizes male dominance. Through this, she assumes the position of the female leader who has freed herself and the figures from the imprisoning males. Lastly, the critic, Elaine Hedges, comments on

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