The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Decent Essays
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a true reflection of the imaginative nature of literature. In this narration, Gilman presents her opinions on the nature of the relationship between men and women in the 19th century. However, she incorporates various stylistic devices particularly symbolism which make the story complex. In fact, it requires the audience to read the story several times to understand how it flows. Despite the complex approach, Gilman explicitly explains the subordination of women during the 19th century, which was extended to the medical profession. Gilman explores the historical and sociological understanding of the role of women in patriarchal American society.
The story is narrated in the first person,
…show more content…
As Gilman notes, the speaker laments by saying that "if a physician of high standing and one 's husband assures friends and relatives that there is nothing wrong with a slight hysterical tendency, what can one do?" The confession from the speaker summarizes the dominant role played in decision making including that of their wives.
In the next section of the story, Gilman shifts from direct narration to a symbolic one. In this phase, the aspect of the yellow wallpapers emerges. This aspect is complex for ordinary readers to comprehend and requires sufficient knowledge of stylistic devices to derive its meaning. According to the way the narrator describes the yellow wallpaper, she illustrates the conflict that exists between her inner and outer self. In fact, this is the part that explicitly brings out the aspect of women 's limited freedom in the society. Firstly, the narrator laments that her husband would not allow her to write (Gilman 6). In these early days, writing was a common approach that the oppressed used to bring out their frustrations. Therefore, the narrator 's husband never wanted her to explore her inner self through writing as this would enlighten her about her condition.
Gilman uses symbolism excellently in describing the speaker 's limited freedom with the creeping figures in the yellow wallpaper. Initially, the speaker does not love the sight of the paper. According to Gillman, the narrator says "I don
Get Access