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"The Yellow Wallpaper," has an autobiographical element to it. It was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The piece of work concentrates on many different aspects of literature.

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"The Yellow Wallpaper," has an autobiographical element to it. It was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The piece of work concentrates on many different aspects of literature. It can be evaluated with ten different types of literary criticism: formalist, biographical, historical, psychological, mythological, sociological, gender, reader-response, deconstructionist, and cultural studies. Formalist criticism regards human knowledge that needs to be examined on its own terms. It concentrates around the style, structure, imagery, tone, and genre. In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the tone is quite depressing. The main character is going through depression and she is restrained from doing what she loves most, writing. She is trapped in a room that she hates, which is covered in yellow wallpaper. Deconstructionist criticism rejects the traditional assumption that language can accurately represent reality. The author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, writes this piece in such a way that the reader must read between the lines to get the true meaning of the story. ...read more.

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The parts that she did not include in the story are probably parts of her life that she is ashamed of or wishes she could change. Historical criticism seeks to understand a literary work by investigating the social, cultural, and intellectual context that produced it. The story is a reaction to the ethos of the time which dictated the very narrow confines of a woman's life in the nineteenth century. It is a piece of feminist literature. It also has responds to the beliefs of the times which claimed that intellectual study was a physical risk to woman. She tears at the paper trying to free the oppressed women who are trapped behind its patterns, and when she sets the women free, she can also set herself free. In this story, it seems as though everyone is trapped by society. Sociological criticism examines literature in the cultural, economic, and political context in which it is written or received. ...read more.

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The story is told in a narrative view so the reader automatically drifts into the narrator's life. The reader is able to experience everything first hand that the main character is faced with. The reader sees the woman as a victim to her depression and takes her side. Her husband disregards her and leaves her in the room alone to heal her depression without being able to experience what she is going through. Cultural studies focuses on understanding the social power encoded in "texts." Cultural studies basically combines all the methods of literary criticism. "The Yellow Wallpaper," Gilman demonstrates symbolism, style, imagery, and the society throughout her work. The story is a narrative that mirrors the author's life and experiences. It also focuses around the time period and women's struggle during that time. "The Yellow Wallpaper," is a unique story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It is not just a story about a woman trapped in a room by doctor's orders. It shows symbolism and has deep meaning once it is analyzed and thought over. Gilman does an excellent job of including issues of society in her work. Price, 2 ...read more.

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