Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's, "The Yellow Wallpaper," the main character, Jane encounters a mental illness that would take control of her entire life. The progression of Jane's mental illness is demonstrated through the environment and how her surroundings depict her mental state. The house Jane lives in is a physical representation of her mental state. As the story progresses Jane has completely become isolated from her family and the rest of society. Jane is a prisoner in her own home. During the 1920s, most of the houses people lived in were gigantic, beautiful and large. The house Jane lived in was a colonial mansion that had the characteristics of a haunted house. The house was in fact so huge that it gave…show more content…
Once analyzed the lines on the wallpaper seemed to be committing suicide, "when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide." The suicidal lines represented how Jane's life was heading towards her own violent outcome. The wallpaper was very representative of how Jane's life is in the present moment and maybe in the time to come. The thoughts of suicide were starting to consume her mind. Finally by the end of the story Jane had totally isolated herself from the rest of society. When she first got to the house Jane loved visiting the garden and walking the lane leading to the house. The garden was described as being a delicious garden. By the end of the story Jane no longer wanted to visit the garden or walk the lane. She locked herself inside the nursery and had no interaction with anyone. Both of those places symbolized unity and the community to her. Since she was disassociated from society and the garden and lane represented society, Jane isolated herself from those places also. This disassociation with society is the final stage of her illness. Now Jane has become Graves 4 one with the illness. She understood it in every detail. Jane has become one with her illness and is fine with being ill. Throughout this entire story Jane is perceived as a mentally ill woman who needs taken care of around the clock. What if Jane

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