The Yellow Wallpaper Patterns

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7. What is the significance of this line to the changing relationship of the narrator and her husband? "Lay there for hours trying to decide whether that front pattern and the back pattern really did move together or seperately" (Gilman 1664).

The patterns that Jane is trying to figure out are symbols of their relationship. The "front pattern and back pattern [moving] together or separately" indicates her and John as well as their relationship. The two patterns being together indicates the two has a close relationship and the opposite means they have distant relationship. At the beginning of the story, Jane is acting well-behaved and obedient. She loves and trusts John and listens to his advices, however, the long period of depression alters
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During the day time, the wallpaper appears to be "hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing” (Page 16). The above description paints a rebarbative mood for the readers. In contrast, during the night time it seems like there is "a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern"(page 13) and the “woman behind it is as plain as can be” (Page 16). A mysterious and unknown figurine vividly portrays an eerie and gloomy mood for the readers. Through the altering appearance of the wallpaper through day and night, the mood of the story is able to change greatly according to…show more content…
I was very excited by this program when I reregistered for it. By the time I arrived there, I was shocked by the dreadful sight- the hard bunks, the broken windows, the faded curtain, and many other unimaginable circumstances. I had to share a spacious but humble room with seven other girls in four bunks; each bed was creaking or crumbling down in their own way. Everyone who attended the program was complaining about the terrible environment and that includes me. One by one, we needed to line up in a straight single file line to get a half-torn “shower card” that restricted us to running only five minutes of hot water each day. Without any other options, I had to take a shower at lightning speed under a small trickle of water in a communal washroom. Apart from the shabby and run-down beds, the massive amount of mosquitoes were bothering me the most. As soon as I fell asleep, I was woken up from their "calling", buzzing beside my ears in a more annoying frequency than a five A.M. alarm. I slapped the air around me, trying my best to fend them off, but it was in vain. I was having a hard time falling asleep at night which incited my thought to wander aimlessly. One night, I could not bare the itchiness all
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