American Literature

Topic:The Yellow Wallpaper

&quotTheYellow Wallpaper&quot is at times referred to be a Gothicliteraturethrough its revealing of insanity and powerlessness treatment(Gilman, 2). The story portrays the confinement effect on thenarrator`s tumble into psychosisdue to her mental health. The narrator becomes fanatical by the colorand pattern of the wallpaper, having nothing to stimulate her towardsthat. This is through her admittance that, “It is theextraordinary yellow, wall-paper! That makes me think of yellowthings, which I, ever saw, but not beautiful ones example ofbuttercups, old foul, yellow things that are bad” (Gilman, 8).Although there is something additional about that paper sheinsinuates that has to do with the smell! … She can only think ofthe thing, which is like the paper color, a smell that portrays theyellow color.


TheYellow Wallpaper as a story, details the fictional and the narrator’sunreliable drop into madness,based on the thematic aspect of marriage (Gilman, 4).In the storyline, this is evident in the case through John, hercontender husband, who believes that Jane, the narrator has aparamount interest to have a rest cure after their child’s birth.This makes the family to spend time at a colonial mansion, throughtheir summer. But according to Jane, she perceives it as beingsomething queer, as she believes that she is not ill even though sheis hystericaltendency suffering, as put by John being “neurasthenia”.

Thenarrator dedicates a lot of journal entries to fanatically describethe yellow wallpaper, inside the room with its &quotyellow&quotperceived smell. It has a &quotbreakneck&quot pattern, with missingpatches (Gilman,18).Being psychologically related, the perception leaves on the skin andclothing yellow smears to anyone who touches it. The narratordescribes one’s longer stay in the bedroom, makes the wallpaperappear mutated and changing, particularly in the moonlight. Janerealizes its pattern and design gets to increasingly intrigue, withno stimuli additional to the wallpaper.

Throughthe story, the narrator gets to bring on board the imagination that,behind the wallpaper patterns there are women who get to be creepingaround (Gilman, 22). This imagination makes her believe that she isone of the creeping women. This feeling that results fromimagination, makes her to lock herself in the room, a place she onlyfeels being safe. Even after the summer rental is up, she refuses toleave the place. She claims that, “outside one has to creep on theground, and where green is the color of everything, instead ofyellow.” She claims that in the room, she can creep on the floorsmoothly, and her shoulder fits in the long smooch, which is aroundthe wall, therefore she can’t lose her way.


Inconclusion, the analysis of the text and its goal get to be examinedwith consideration to the rhetorical situation over the narrator’smental health. This calls upon me, the reader to understandthe nineteenth to early twentieth century, swiftly changing roles ofAmerican women.Thoughthe story is based on fiction, there is need to understand how awoman`s place alongside roles get to be affected by factors such asclass, race, nationality status, and marital status, with a clearunderstanding of characterization and proper explanation ofresistance trends of changing women`s roles. In this case, marriagehas played a critical role, in integrating the mental health andpowerless treatment, steered by John.


Gilman,Charlotte P. TheYellow Wall-Paper.Montana: Kessinger Pub, 2000. Print.