The Role Of Isolation In The Yellow Wallpaper

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“I’ve got out at last,’ said I, “in spite of you and Jane. And I pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”’ (Gilman 756). In an overview of, Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator is trapped in what can be described as her own personal asylum, and is forced to watch from the inside looking out as the world passes her by, she finds herself constricted and tormented until she plummets to her breaking point. The short story is a representation of the young author’s life. When Gilman was twenty-four years old, she suffered from nervous breakdowns and was then admitted to the care of physician Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, who specialized in treating young women with nervous disorders. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator struggles with many battles, such as the strong conflict with herself, her husband, with society, and her isolation with the wallpaper. The narrator’s relationship with John is one of the significant conflicts she faces. He does listen to what she has to say, and he does not take his wife seriously. In the story Jane says “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage” (Gilman 746). In other words, the…show more content…
The environment that Jane is in for most of the story displays her isolation and her conflicts with the wallpaper. She is isolated in a room that can be described as her own personal prison. Jane asks her husband’s permission the change the wallpaper, which he denies. Jane’s surroundings begin to take a toll on her sanity, and she begins to feel intimidated by the room. John not only notices, but also chooses to ignore this fact. His only interest in in keeping her in the room. Jane begins to identify herself with the woman trapped behind the wallpaper. Everything about the room from the bars and gates to the strange pattern of the wallpaper fascinates Jane and symbolizes a mental prison that her mind fails to escape
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