The Critical Analysis on the Yellow Wall Paper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” is about a woman who is suffering from depression and nervous breakdown. Throughout the story, her rapture is evident. Yet the setting of the story is a mystery. From narrator’s point of view, the setting of the story is pleasant but at the same time from the clues of the narrator the setting is horrific. The clues in the story about the setting do not justify the narrator’s description of the setting. The setting of this short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” took place in a house. The narrator described the house as a “colonial mansion, a heredity estate” (926), which lead the readers to believe that it is in the south where big plantation mansions were common. When the reader…show more content…
As the narrator’s mental condition became less and less stable, the additional pattern were added to the Yellow Wallpaper. At the beginning of the story, the narrator sees the dull yellow wallpaper with no real design pattern. “This thing was not arranged on any laws of radiation, or alternation, or repetition, or symmetry, or anything else that I ever heard of” (930). Later, the narrator writes, “I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design” (929). She begins to show signs that her mental health is getting worse every day. Near the end of the story, she sees two levels of patterns: “It becomes bars! The outside pattern I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be” (933). This really could be the main character trying to escape from what seems to the reader an asylum.
The settings in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” was more than the main character could handle. The narrator was living in her own imaginary world. She described many pleasant places but yet she was not allowed to go there. The reader can tell by the facts in the story that the narrator was a mental patient who was having her treatment by living in an
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