"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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Bertina Duke


English 102

April 17, 2003

The Resurrection of Feminism in "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Ghost stories often contain mystery and confusion; however, the mystery of the ghost story is, is the narrator a ghost or a character in the story. In "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman decides to write this short story in narrative form; however, some reader may not depict "The Yellow Wallpaper" as a ghost story, nut may depict it as a feminist story. During the eighteenth century, women lived in a male dominated society. Gilman, however, attempts to modify this male dominated society and attempts to do so by writing "The Yellow Wallpaper." In "The Yellow Wallpaper," Gilman describes the beginning for the uprise of women and a hope for the downfall of oppression by using symbols such as the house, the window, and the wallpaper.

Gilman uses a house as the setting of "The Yellow Wallpaper."

In this story, the narrator is a woman, who describes the house as "a haunted house" (Gilman, 1). One may picture the "haunted house" as a house that is visited or inhabited by ghost; however, in the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, the word "haunt" is defined as "to visit often" or "recur constantly and spontaneously." The narrator believes that the "haunted house" represents her life, and she is very familiar with the house because it represents a shelter for her enclosed thoughts and feelings. She also describes "that there is something queer about" the house (1). Upon completion of "The Yellow Wallpaper," one may include that the narrator indicates "that there is something queer about it" as a description of her premonitions for her transformation into a woman who will arise from her sheltered thoughts and feelings and arise from the domineering husband. The house symbolizes a...