Title: Left Alone With The Wallpaper Explain What You Feel The Story, 'the Yellow Wallpaper' By Charlotte Perkins Gilman Was About.

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Jayme SmithComp II3 March 2008Left Alone With the WallpaperThe Yellow Wallpaper, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman begins as a story of a woman struggling with a slight depression. Gilman's use of a limited, first-person narrator to tell the story makes the sequence of events very difficult to understand. The narrator feels she is well throughout the beginning of the story, and yet becomes progressively worse throughout due to the mental illness diagnosed by her husband. Trying to figure out what the narrator really means in the words she writes becomes the task in this story. The tone switches multiple times in the story, therefore, making it difficult to identify the true feelings of the narrator. The story examines a depressed woman in isolation, and under the commands from a controlling husband, which end up driving her more and more crazy.The narrator is told from the beginning of the story that there is nothing wrong with her except a, "temporary nervous depression-a slight hysterical tendency" (Gilman 532). She takes phosphates given to her by her husband and is forbidden to work until she is well (Gilman 533). Her husband, John, constantly tells her she doesn't have a condition and that it is in her head, yet he has her medicated with a schedule prescription for each hour of the day (Gilman 533). He controls every aspect of her life, from her writings to her hourly prescriptions. Every time the narrator sees John nearby, she hides her writing. According to her, he hardly lets her stir without special direction (Gilman 533). When the narrator wants to have their room downstairs, John tells her no. He speaks to her as a child when calling her a "blessed little goose" (Gilman 535). She seems to only be concerned with burdening John. She feels uncomfortable in the room and she despises the wallpaper, but she only writes about her feelings because she doesn't want to upset John by talking to him too much about them. The narrator tells the readers she cries at nothing, and yet cries most of the time (Gilman 537), but she seems unwilling to express those feelings to John. Throughout most of the story the narrator's tone sounds depressed, but still hopeful that she will get well in time.As the story progresses John brings his sister Jennie into the house to watch after her while he is away at work. John begins her on cod...

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