The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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“The Yellow Wallpaper”: Close Reading An inner battle between oneself wanting freedom and a scape and society finding its ways of not letting that happen. In “The yellow Wallpaper” author Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes a story in 1899 of a woman trapped by the oppression lead by society which at the time could be said men. The female in the story finds herself trap in a yellow wallpaper drifting into madness, losing her sanity until she gains her freedom.
“I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper,” “I’ve got out at last,” Said I” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman In my essay I will go into further focus on what lies behind the lines above. More than pulling and shaking there is a deeper message wanting to be expressed. The story is voiced in first-person, picturing to us the main character feelings and thoughts. The perception of how things are shift from time to time as the main character reaches insanity, causing her views on things to change from what is real to what others see in the story. When the storyteller talks about the actions of shaking and pulling and peeling parts of the wallpaper it converts into a metaphor of personally struggling within her own self to be freed. According to her husband in support of her brother, both men, both doctors, she has a “temporary nervous depression.” Therefor she is place under a strictly “rest cure” where she was prohibit from any physical or intellectual
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