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Joe Kenney April 3, 2003 Tyson Comp II Different Possible Themes in "The Yellow Wallpaper" There are a couple different themes in the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Feminism is the main theme in the story. Something else that could be a theme is being confined to a certain area, excluded from the public, can drive one insane. Another possible theme is control. Jane is controlled in her every move. These themes are shown to be true throughout the story. Feminism plays a huge role in this story. Back in the day women used to be looked upon as having no affect on society other than bearing children and keeping house. ...read more.


She then feels like she is being watched by the paper, and it begins to eat away at her. After a while of trying to put a meaning to the wallpaper she sees the outline of a woman behind the bars on the paper like prison bars; it takes her a while but she figures out that the lady in the wall is her. She starts to feel trapped and begins to fall deeper into insanity. Jane relieves herself by ripping down the wallpaper. She is relieved because she feels that now she is free from confinement. Another possible theme is being confined to a certain area for long periods of time can lead to insanity. ...read more.


John has told her over and over again that she is sick. She lets him do this to her because she cannot tell him differently. He is a physician so he knows these things. She also has a brother who is a physician, and he says the same thing. In the story, she is like a child taking orders from a parent. Whatever these male doctors say must be true. Jane says, "personally, I disagree with their ideas", and it is clear she does not want to accept their theories but has no other choice. John and the wallpaper are very similar throughout the story. At first they both control Jane mentally and then they both let go of the control at the end of the story. Most people think this story is just about a woman going insane, but as shown here there is a lot more to think about. ...read more.

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