Yellow Wallpaper Symbolism

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In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Gilman tells the story of a couple that rents a secluded estate for their summer vacation. While the narrator is suffering from a sickness she is secluded, by her husband, to a room with yellow wallpaper. The narrators spouse, whom is also her physician, believes that his wife is suffering from temporary depression and anxiety. Shortly after becoming secluded, she becomes consumed with an overwhelming amount of madness because she is tired of being controlled by her husband. She begins to write about her frustrations, but she is not supposed to write because her husband deems it senseless for her to do that, so she has to make sure that she hides it when Jennie, housekeeper and John’s sister, come because she will tell on her. Before she leaves for the summer, the narrator decides that she needs to free the woman that is trapped behind the wallpaper. She begins stripping the walls of the paper, where she is confined, when her…show more content…
The bedroom where the narrator is confined is symbolized as a prison that the she stays in, her bedroom was once a nursery and is now used to show oppression towards her-it serves as a reminder of her duties as a woman. The narrator symbolizes the restriction through the descriptions of the two windows, “He said that after the wallpaper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on (Gilman 78).” When the narrator begins to tear the wallpaper from the walls, it is her way of saying that she does not want to be confined to that life anymore. After ripping the walls of the paper, her husband appears in her room and she tells him that she is now free of her confinment. Furthermore, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a statement of the oppression of the female sex by man
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