The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Over time, the character started to have a paranoid attitude with the hideous wallpaper, she begins to see figures in the wallpaper, like a woman’s figure trapped behind the pattern of the wallpaper, she becomes more preoccupied about it and feels like she should help to free the woman trapped behind. Originally, the shadows of many things started to appear to her as the woman behind the wallpaper. She claims to see her in the garden “on that long road under the trees, creeping along, and when a carriage comes she hides under the blackberry vines.” She imagines the woman behind the wallpaper being able to escape in daylights and trapped at nights. The fact that she imagines the woman being able to escape during daylight seems more like a reflection of her own desires to go outside during the day, to explore her garden even though she will have to hide for people not to see her. The hallucination becomes stronger each day and so are her needs to explode to tell her feelings, to go walking around as she pleases, and not being trapped behind the wall of her bedroom. She hallucinates about seeing the woman trapped behind the wallpaper bars and no matter how hard she tries to, she simply can’t escape so is the protagonist because she feels like she’s trap in the house and she fighting herself to get out.
Many of us think that we have to say, or feel, or be something other than what we are. We say things that we don't mean, thinking that it is what others want to hear. We pretend to feel things that seem acceptable to others so that others will approve of us. The protagonist was saying things that she knows her husband, her step sister wanted to hear because she didn’t want them to believe that she was going insane. She would pretend to feel fine as her husband John told her. However, her outer self-expression didn’t match her inner reality. She had to act nice and say superficially nice things when in reality it is not how she was feeling. It’s clear that the woman she was seeing trapped behind the pattern wallpapers was herself, as it seems she notices the trapped woman mainly at night when she’s in bed with her husband lying next to her which explains her needs to talk, to express herself, to be notice by her husband and the husband so sure about the rest cure, he didn’t even realize how he was indeed pushing her over the edge and cause her to go insane. The main reason for her mental problems lies in the fact that she is holding back the emotions she was feeling, she was forcing to lock up her feelings inside and without realizing it she was losing sense of reality.
To guarantee physical and mental health we must be aware of our feelings and accept them rather than deny them, not to mention we must be able to express ourselves to others and seek help when things are starting to get out of control. As the story progresses, the protagonist wants to gain some control over her life. She started to gain mental strength from the wallpaper she once hated....

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