The Yellow Wallpaper: a Self-Destructive and Self-Expressive Point of View.

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JB
Professor M.
ENG 106 Winter Quarter
March 22, 2012

The Yellow Wallpaper: a self-destructive and self-expressive point of view.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman expresses how she feels about women’s oppression in a short story that she indited in the ninetieth century entitled: The Yellow Wallpaper. In the text, the narrator isolates from herself to appreciate her inner self. To succeed in appreciating her inner self, she utilizes a yellow wallpaper with patterns in her room. She tears up the wallpaper and finds herself. The narrator and the protagonist of the story is isolated from society and benefits from her isolation to better understand her inner self. This split makes it arduous to decipher what the protagonist is going through in
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Lamentably, the woman feels that pressure from "friends and relatives" as well as her husband is tantamount to law, and therefore, her opinions are frivolous. Her respect for the traditional conception of a well-authoritatively mandated society is hypocritical because it does not sanction she herself to thrive; instead, she becomes ill from the constant oppression.
She further describes the wallpaper pattern consisting of "lame dubious curves" that "suddenly commit suicide--plunge off at outrageous angles, destroying themselves in unheard of contradictions"(156). Her efforts at controlling her own life follow the same pattern. Her assertions are impuissant, and they continually give into her husbands more vigorous will, thus "committing suicide. " They destroy themselves by sanctioning her to act according to her husbands will, albeit it is an "outrageous contradiction" to her own. The pattern on the wallpaper thus represents her; specifically her methods of dealing with the societal forces around her: her husband, primarily, but also her brother, the maid, and the nanny. Her fascination with the wallpaper not only signifies its role as a symbol, but determines what that role is. She is behaving like someone looking in a mirror for the first time--fascinated and slightly repelled by her own appearance. She is bewildered by this reflection of herself because until this point, she has been fixated on the
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