Yellow WallPaper Compare and Constrast Essay

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Yellow WallPaper





The Yellow Wallpaper” A major theme in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by
Charlotte Perkins Gilman is that solitary confinement and exclusion from the public
results in insanity. The use of imagery and setting helps illustrate this theme throughout
the story. The unnamed protagonist in this story suffers from a nervous disorder which is
enhanced by her feeling of being trapped within a room. The setting of the vast colonial
mansion and particularly the nursery room with barred windows provides an image of
loneliness and seclusion experienced by the protagonist. Another significant setting is
the mansion connected by a “shaded lane” (66) to the beautiful bay and private
wharf. It is possible that in her mind, she sees a path which leads to the curing of her
illness where happiness and good health awaits at the end. The reason the lane is
“shaded” is because she is uncertain whether or not this path can be traveled.
Upon moving into the mansion, she immediately becomes obsessed with the nursery room
wallpaper with “sprawling, flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin”
(64). Her days and nights are so uneventful that she finds relief in writing a journal
which becomes more tiresome as her sickness progresses. In every few paragraphs in her
journal, she analyzes the wallpaper. Through the imagery she evokes from the wallpaper, it
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