The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Individuality + Independence = Insanity The Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman captivates the audience into the psyche of a young mother and wife through journal entries. The wife has been confined to her room for a cure to her depression. As the women remains in the room, she becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper that borders the room. She experiences hallucinations that come because of the wallpaper. Gilman’s story shows the struggle of women’s independence and individuality towards the rise of feminism and an indication towards her own life and experiences through the point of view of the wife in the story. By the narrator telling the story in the first person point of view, the readers only know what the narrator writes down. Everything they see is through the eyes of the wife and what she decides to write down. It is interesting as the story progresses, the narrator may not know or be able to interpret her own reality. “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.” The narrator shows that she can express her individuality, even though she doesn’t recognize her reality anymore. Throughout the story, the readers can see the progression of this due to her being unaware of the medicine and care that she is being treated with. She is unable to see that her hallucinations of the woman and the house are outrageous. She expresses her individuality and independence by her
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