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The Gothic tradition The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Gothic tradition The Yellow Wallpaper Being a utopian feminist Charlotte Gillman, was aware of the uprising global female issues at the time of her writing , one being females considered more prone to mental ilnesses and the paradagime of post natal depression. To explicitly highlight and convey her ideologies and views Gillman wrote "The Yellow Walpaper" which particularly explores attitudes in the nineteenth century towards women's physical and mental health. Elements of this can also be recognised and depicted in Charlotte Bronte's novel "Jane Eyre". At the very start of the story, Gillman identifies the place where her character is being held "ancestral halls". Her husband being a "physician" indicates his wealth state thus juxtaposing with the estate being let so "cheaply". Continuing, the story does not provide any evidence that the woman is suffering from any mental disease, however she does admit to "get unreasonably angry" with her husband from time to time. ...read more.


Bertha being locked away on the attic while Gillman's character being put in a room "at the top of the house". Both the attic and a "nursery" at the top of a house conveys the idea that things which are unneeded are put their and it also adds a significant amount of enigma to the overall idea. Both those places are also emblems of things that need to be hidden away, in this case insanity must be concealed away from society. As the story progress the reader begins to detect signs of the illness taking over the character. As acknowledged by Gilbert and Gubar, her husband John, uses a conventional method of treatment at the time, which Gillman herself was subjected to by the famous "nerve specialist" S. Weit Mitchell. As she continues to utilize her time by watching the wallpaper she becomes delusional and begins to associate the colour of the wallpaper with decay and smells, the paper begins to have "a vicious influence". ...read more.


Her thorough analysis of the wallpaper hints the reader that her mind has progressed to a new stage of severe disorder. The narrator hallucinates that her husband has also been examining the wallpaper, nonetheless she is "determined that nobody shall find" this imaginary mystery of the wallpaper. Her insanity has taken new levels and her mind has completely deteriorated "The front pattern does move- and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!" This illustration of the false woman in the wallpaper in some ways mirrors Jane Eyre's vision of a vampirical creature the night before her wedding. Again the female state of mind is involved as this vision is actually Bertha who has been taken over by her desires and strong emotions in almost the same way as the narrator in the "The Yellow Wallpaper". Furthermore another analogy with Berhta in "Jane Eyre" could be considered. Both the narrator's mind and Bertha's mind reach a culmination of instability, which leads them to extraordinary acts of lunacy. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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