The Yellow Wallpaper Theme Analysis

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The Yellow Wallpaper Gilman uses few themes in the story of “The Yellow Wallpaper” one is the submission of women in marriage he uses the position of women and the respectable classes of women during that time period of the ninetheeth-centrury. She is not allowed to work, read, or write while she recovering from her so called illness. Second, theme is the importance of self-expression the narrator is forced into hiding away her anxieties, fears and her depression to preserve the foundation of the marriage. With the mental and physical l constraints the narrator has on her makes her go insane. The wallpaper itself can be used as a symbol in her case it would symbolize something about the narrator that may affect her someway.…show more content…
As the narrator was forced to hide her emotions and preserve a happy marriage to seem like she was getting better over time with her battle with depression. “Mary is good with the baby. Such a dear baby! And yet I cannot be with him” (p544) Also not being able to see or take care of her new born child. Even from the start of her treatment of the “rest cure” (p 542) was most intolerable. “I did write for a while in spite of them; but dose exhaust me a good deal having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.” She is forced to become completely passive and cannot exercising her mind at all. Also, Writing is off limits to her and John warns her several times her not use her imagination. “'I've got out at last,' said I, in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the wallpaper, so you can't put me back!' Now, why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the all, so that I had to creep over him every time!” this is where the she has a breakdown because the wallpaper is gone and she can be freed this also show the change in her attitude towards her
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