Insanity In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Yellow is the New Insanity In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author develops the story strongly through the aspect of setting. The setting of the story plays a huge factor in the deterioration of the main character’s mental state. The story takes place in this room in a large, seclude mansion. The room, as the narrator describes, is barred in, with a chained bed and odd-coloring yellow wallpaper. This ugly looking yellow has significantly affected the narrator’s sanity by causing her to view the wallpaper now in a different manner than one might look at it normally with little thought. Through the usage of irony and character development, one is able to comprehend how the setting- particularly the yellow wallpaper- has contributed majorly to the story. The narrator is first moved to a…show more content…
According to her, he takes great care of her and “hardly lets [her] stir without special direction.”(Gardner Literature: a portable anthology 77). John, the narrator’s husband, is her physician and taking into account of her health has sent her to reside in this “big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore.” (Gardner Literature: a portable anthology 77). He prescribes to her air and rest in order for her to recuperate her health. Although he means well towards his wife, he fails to see throughout the story how his treatment is negatively affecting his wife. Throughout the story, the narrator’s husband has played a part in her growing obsession over the wallpaper. “I am a doctor… you are gaining flesh and color, your appetite is better, I feel really much easier.” (Gardner Literature: a portable anthology 83).
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