Response To The Yellow Wallpaper

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Historical background information about “the Yellow Wallpaper” relies in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper”. In her response to various questions given to her about how she created “the best description of incipient insanity”, the author suffered “a severe and continues nervous breakdown tending to melancholia” the doctor advised her to live a domesticated life. Only after following through her doctor’s advice, did she begin to write, which ultimately led her to recover. Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” creates a gothic horror tale in which the narrator’s husband, John, restrains her mentally ill wife in a far away condominium. Of course, the narrator is vested in the top floor of a previously used room. Markings, half torn wallpaper, barred windows, and the bed nailed on the floor all been inserted to contain and treat mental patients. Left astray, the narrator becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper and alleviates her trust towards her husband and Jennie. Therefore, in this passage, page 11, from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the author foreshadows the narrator’s mental breakdown through the protagonist’s precipitous habit of being observant the rest of the night, as well as through her obsessive relationship towards the yellow wallpaper, and paranoid affiliation between the narrator and John and…show more content…
For example, the narrator “…is subdue” during the daylight for she is puzzled by the yellow pattern of the wallpaper. It “keeps [her] by the hour”. That the narrator spends quite a time staring at the wallpaper, it slowly lures her near insanity. A woman of her like would sacrifice her time to pay for attention towards her family instead of staring at an ordinary yellow wallpaper. Eventually, her mind loses touch with reality, because “…for you see [she does not]
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