Create a new account

It's simple, and free.


  • 3 Pages
  • 748 Words

Saved Papers

  • Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!

Symbols of Entrapment

  • Word Count: 748
  • Approx Pages: 3

Talents and dreams, hopes and desires, shunned by the husbands and times of the women in ├ČThe Crysanthemums├« and ├ČThe Yellow Wallpaper.├« The wife, Elisa, in ├ČThe Crysanthemums├«, reflects an internal struggle with herself to find her place in a world of definite gender roles. ├ČThe Yellow Wallpaper├« traces the treatment of a woman who descends from depression to madness in the male-imposed psychiatric confinement of her room. The mirror-like situations that hinder the protagonists in both stories call the women to conduct themselves in demeanors drastically different from one another.

Elisa Allen of ├ČThe Crysanthemums├« and the narrator of ├ČThe Yellow Wallpaper├« both have husbands who fancy the idea of knowing what their wives want and need. On the way to dinner, Elisa asks her husband about the fights and his immediate reply is, ├ČWe can go if you want, but I dont think you would like them much.├« He cannot fathom the idea that she may actually enjoy this non-feminie event. The narrators husband also assumes that he knows what is best for his wife. He thinks isolation and confinement will cure her ├Čnervous depression.├« Nevertheless, this ├Čcure├« makes her weak; it transforms her into a woman gone mad. She gives into the figments of her imagination and begins to metamorphose this ├Čthing├« she imagines behind the wallpaper as a hallucinogenic image of herself. This ├Čwoman├« becomes a deadly combination: best friend and worst enemy. She views the woman as trapped, and, in order to free herself from this non-fulfilling life, she must free the woman. Elisa also receives an uninvited guest, a tinker who she perceives as the perfect emblem of freedom. His life is on the road, in the wild-outside the fence. She, like the narrator, feels a need, a desire, to help this outsider in order to liberate ones self.

Vivid pictures and visions of a life with no barriers, boundaries, or limitations, run free in the minds of both Eli...

Related Essays:

APA     MLA     Chicago
Symbols of Entrapment. (2000, January 01). In Retrieved 00:07, November 26, 2015, from