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The Yellow Wallpaper
Transcript of The Yellow Wallpaper
Kaitlynn Lopes, and Chelsea Egbuna Setting Characters Themes Symbols Connections Author's Choices Questions? Concluding Synopsis The yellow wallpaper
symbolizes herself and women in society directly
Ripping of the wallpaper
showed her progressing illness Motifs The woman in the wallpaper
has the same illness
acts the same way "And it is like a woman stopping down and creeping behind that pattern. I don't like it a bit. I wonder-I begin to think- I wish John would take me away from here!" (773) Irony
Verbal and dramatic
"I'm glad my case is not serious"
The color Yellow
she sees it everywhere
different interpretation " It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw-not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old, bad yellow things...there is that smell! Such a peculiar odor, too!" (775) Nursery
women viewed as children
barred windows; nailed down bed
The color Yellow
Medical treatment of the 19th century
neurologist S. Weir Mitchell Country House
country house 3 miles from nearest village
large house with a garden surrounding, but in need of repairs
appears tranquil, but is really a place of confinement
bars on windows, bed is secured to the floor of the room Role of women in society
Relationship between husband and wife
Economic and social dependencies of women on men
Lack of female individuality
Ex. "little girl" and "blessed little goose
Psychological fiction-depression and despair
Insanity + suppressed rage-woman in the wallpaper "At first he meant to repaper the room, but afterwards he said that I was letting it get the better of me, and that nothing was worse for a nervous patient then to give way to such fancies. 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." (769) Scarlet Letter
Hester vs. main character
struggle in imagination
John Procter vs character
Shown through the main character
Similar situation Plot Author shows difference between realism and romanticism through the characters "But these nervous troubles are dreadfully depressing. John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him. Of course it is only nervousness. It does weigh on me so not to do my duty in any way." (769) "There is a very funny mark on this wall, low down, near the mopboard. A streak that runs round the room. It goes behind every piece of furniture, except the bed, a long, straight, even smooch, as if it had been rubbed over and over." (775) She reflects on and expresses her own opinions on popular trends of the 1900's
Treatment of women
Man vs. Society
Medical treatments Realism Bak, John S. “Escaping the Jaundiced Eye: Foucauldian Panopticism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’.” Studies in Short Fiction 31.1 (1994): 39+. General OneFile. Web. 3 Jan. 2013.
Evans, Deborah. "Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Overview." DISCovering Authors. Online Ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Discovering Collection. Gale. Newington School District. 4 Jan. 2013
Johnson, Greg. "The Yellow Wallpaper." Short Stories for Students. Ed. Kathleen Wilson. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997. 287-90. Print.
Korb, Rena. "The Yellow Wallpaper." Short Stories for Students. Ed. Kathleen Wilson. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997. 284-87. Print.
"Themes." Short Stories for Students. Ed. Kathleen Wilson. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997. 280-81. Print.
Wagner-Martin, Linda. "The Yellow Wallpaper." Ed. Kathleen Wilson. Short Stories for Students. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997. 290-92. Print. Works Cited Depicts struggles of life and society honestly and "as they were"
Appeals to realistic, everyday events
The Yellow Wallpaper
portrays roles of women in society
truth of mental illness
realistic characters "My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing, and he says the same thing.... Personally, I disagree with their ideas. Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. But what is one to do?" (767 - 768) "He stopped short by the door. "What is the matter?" he cried. "What are you doing!" I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder. "I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!" Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!" (778) Narrator arrives at house
Writes as much as she can (done in secrecy)
Begins to see "subtle" shapes inside wallpaper
Pattern begins to resemble a woman
Discovers smudge upon wallpaper
Convinced many women live in the wallpaper
Climax: Narrator begins to "creep" around room, stepping over husband every time Main Characters Narrator John Minor Characters Jennie Jane? Woman in Wallpaper? Name never mentioned
Upper middle class
Romantic mentality "It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer" "I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy store". Actions/Choices Keeping a diary
Hiding her diary
Attempting to break out Motivations Desire to be a good wife and mother
Refusal to give in/up About her Attitudes Negative
Trapped "Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!" Significance gender-medium of expression About Him Husband of the narrator
Exact opposite of narrator John is practical in the extreme. He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition, and he scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures Choices/Actions Keeping his wife locked up
Disregarding his wife's opinion Motivations Medical background and knowledge
Desire to cure wife
View of women, especially sick women Attitudes Closed-mindedness
Controlling "John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him". "What is it, little girl?" ; "Then he took me in his arms and called me a blessed little goose". Significance Men are not always right (sorry guys!)
Breaking down barriers Mary Various visitors John's Brother