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The Yellow Wallpaper

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gillman describes a miserable world of wealthy woman. A significance of her emotional condition and the life style she lives are very common in a late 19th century. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written by the first person narrator who has loving husband and beautiful baby. However, experiencing deep depression, she shares with us her feelings, thoughts and point of view. As we go through the story and getting more familiar with the main character, we start questioning whether this narrator is reliable.
The story “The Yellow Wallpaper” presents us with a diary of a woman that she keeps throughout the summer. The geographical setting of her story takes us to “The most beautiful place!” (330), a country house, where after being diagnosed with “temporary nervous depression” and “slight hysterical tendency” (330), the woman is brought for “tonics, and air and exercise” (330), and being “absolutely forbidden to “work”” until she is well again. She is brought there by her husband in order to get cure by rest. Was he the right doctor for her? Or was his treatment efficient? “John is a physician, and perhaps […] that is one reason I do not get well faster. You see, he does not believe I am sick” (330). The protagonist completely disagrees with her husband’s point of view. She thinks that her condition is much worse than her husband believes. The narrator feels really sick and convinced that she would definitely feel better if she is allowed to lead a more active lifestyle.
Meanwhile, she has to stay in the room with the yellow wallpaper spending long days by herself. “I don’t like our room a bit. […] I never saw a worse paper in my life” (331). As time goes by and narrator spends more lonely days and long nights in her bedroom, the yellow wallpaper has “a vicious influence” on her mind. By her opinion, she is surrounded by imaginary figur...

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