Symbolism In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an amazing author who used psychological horror much like Edgar Allan Poe. “The Yellow Wallpaper”, is told from a point of view of an insane narrator living with her husband John and his sister Jennie, taking place in haunted estate. Gilman applies symbolism, imagery and creates a gripping plot that shows how the mind of an insane person works because of no self-expression. The wallpaper is an “unclean yellow”, which develops its symbolism throughout the story. The narrator is affected directly by this because of the ghostly figure only she can see in certain light. She tells us, “in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard” (275). It appears to be a women looking for an escape. This figure in the wallpaper represents herself and the strains that her husband has put on her from the lack of self-expression, causing her insanity.…show more content…
She tells her husband upon him entering the room “I’ve got out at last …in spite of you …I’ve pulled off most of the paper so you can put me back” (278). The narrator talked in third person which was very odd and claimed she escaped. These symbols made the reader believe she was actually losing her mind and is contemplating self-expression by imagining the women in the wall as herself. “I’ve got a rope up here that Jennie did not find. If that women does get out, and tries to get away, I can tie her” (277). As you can see the narrator is going insane by actually believing the image in the wall might escape. This shows her imaginative power, and explains that a mind forced to have no activity is only going to lead to
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