Who Is Behind The Wallpaper?

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Who is behind the yellow wallpaper?
Throughout the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” a sick wife must deal with an overprotective husband, which causes her internal battles with him and others around her. Her entire focus of life begins to wrap around this wallpaper. Through the use of symbolism and many prospects of ambiguities, the narrator of the “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Gilman, portrays the wife to either have the ability to see the dead, or she’s mentally crazy making up a fantasy world in her mind.
The narrator begins by portraying the house to look like typical horror movie houses. It’s a large, pretty house, with locked gates, and is far away from the street and other ...view middle of the document...

In the pattern behind it, she sees a woman, trapped. “The front pattern DOES move—and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!” (385) “it becomes bars! The outside pattern I mean,” (384). This may also symbolize how the wife feels with her husband and her condition always being a damper on her. She could also be seeing the deceased spirits in the wallpaper. They may be emotionally trapped, like the wife, or physically trapped on earth when they should be in another world.
The woman in the wallpaper is scared. “Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.” (385). She hides during the day, and comes out at night. When she does come out, she’s determined to get out. She is also angry and annoyed, as represented by shaking the bars vigorously. She’s been trapped for so long with no one to help her. The woman realizes that the wife can see her. This is the reason she is so anxious now, because the wife can see the spirits. She also may see herself in this woman, desperate to get out of this strangling life. The wife says “I can see her out of every one of my windows! It is the same woman, I know,” (386). This is clearly pertaining to seeing a ghost. She creeps around, walking very slowly, yet the wife says “she MAY be able to creep faster than I can turn!” (386). Ghosts can appear and disappear. They also can move faster than humans; “creeping as fast as a cloud shadow in a high wind.” (386).
The pattern of the wallpaper can only be seen in certain lights, and it always comes out at night. She feels that her true emotions can only be seen at certain times, usually when it’s dark. The rest of the world is asleep, no one is present to bother or look...

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