The Relation Between the Setting And the Character In The Yellow Wallpaper and Big Two-Hearted River

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The Relation Between the Setting And the Character In The Yellow Wallpaper and Big Two-Hearted River

The aim of this paper is to analyze the importance and relation of the setting and characters in the two short stories: "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Ernest Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River".

The setting in "The Yellow Wallpaper" helps illustrate the theme of solitary confinement and exclusion from the public resulting in insanity. The house rented by the characters for the summer as well as the surrounding scenery suggest an isolated environment. Because of its vast "colonial mansion" look, its age and state of degradation, a supernatural hypothesis is implied: the
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This will be Nick's last contact with civilization as he immerses himself in the natural world. The most significant feature of the setting is the river, "clear and smoothly fast in the early morning". It symbolizes spiritual renewal for Nick, his escape from suffering and the troubled world. Another important part of the setting are grasshoppers which have turned black, and thus have the same colour as the burnt land. Their accommodation may indicate Nick's adjustment to the present situation. The setting also consists of the dark swamp which is forbidding, not to be faced at the moment, as the fishing there is "tragic".

Jane, the protagonist of "The Yellow Wallpaper", dominated by her husband, suffers from a nervous disorder which is enhanced by her feeling of being trapped within the room. She finds a way of escaping from the uncomfortable reality by writing the journal in which she analyzes the wallpaper, but also herself and her illness subconsciously. "A strange, provoking, formless sort of figure that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design" of the yellow wallpaper gradually becomes the projection of her imagination. Jane finally recognizes the fact that the woman she sees behind the wallpaper is really her own frame of mind. She believes that she has at
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