The Yellow Wallpaper

The story set suspense and trill like a horror movie. The first page the narrator describe her trill for living, she want something exciting in her live but is trap in a house.  Her husband does not have the patient for living an exciting and trilling life because he has not patience with faith and intense horror of superstition. The narrator tone state of anxiety throughout out the story. The narrator show angry desperation and sarcasm. Because the story is set in the 180’s, women feel trap in a relationship.

“At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight and worst of all by moonlight, it is being causes bars! The outside pattern I mean and the woman behind are as plain as can be”(p6). The narrator describes her life as she was trap in the house. The pattern on the wallpaper remind her how she is trap in the house. As the pattern repasts and does not have a begin or an end, her life does not have a meaning. She have dreams of been a write but is unable to write because John hate when she write.

On page 3 “I think sometimes that if i were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest”; the narrator describes how she feels if she could write better. On those two page she describe how when want to do more in life but is unable to accomplish things in her life. She is not fully aware of been trap in the house, she think John know what’s best for her. At end of the story she feel so trap and angry that it came out with a outburst rage.

The Yellow Wallpaper…Huh?

There is one line in this short story, which is used to describe the wallpaper, that describes how I feel about this reading. “You think you mastered it, but just as you get well underway in following, it tums a back somersault and there you are. It slaps you in the face, knocks you down, and tramples upon you, it is like a bad dream” (pg.5) By this i mean that this read was really confusing, and just when you think you have an idea of what might be going on, something different happens and you loose the grasp of that idea. I had to read it multiple times, on my last try I decided to break down the reading as we do in class and try to grasp elements of fiction as I went along.

I understood that there is a women who according to her husband, and any other physician, might be suffering from some type of nervous condition. I believe that the husband thinks that the nervous condition is coming from writing and allowing her imagination to run wild. He says that ” my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies,” So he brings her to this summer house, while they do renovations in their own house, so that she can “relax and enjoy the air” as that seems to be his cure. From the beginning you see that the narrator is place in a setting created to strip her down of her true self. The windows are “barred”, she has a beautiful view of the outside, yet has to endure the “hideous” wall paper as if trapped, she has a husband who is telling her what to do even though she has in-sign on what truthfully might make her better. She says “Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. But what is one to do?” We already see the relationship between the husband and wife. The last questions shows how she feels helpless.

To me the concept of the wallpaper to me is a way of the character describing herself. She begins to describe the wallpaper as “dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when follow the lame uncertain curves for little distance then suddenly commit suicide — plunge off at outrageous angles destroy themselves in unheard contradictions.” This here is probably how she views her condition and how following the wrong treatment might lead to self destruction. The last line probably how she feels about all the thoughts in her mind contradicting themselves with what people tell her. She eventually starts to see a women behind the wallpaper and at times it looks like the women is trapped by the wallpaper. Even though now there is literally a women, I feel like she is still the wallpaper. To me the significance of her ripping the wallpaper at the end so the women can come out, is her ripping away her own barrier. The barrier being the believe that she needs to trap her imagination and stay away from writing and of listen to her husband’s every command.  She rips the (wallpaper, the barrier) so that her true inner self can emerge.

At one point she says “lay there hours trying to decide where that front pattern and the back pattern really did move together or separably.” My above statement proves that maybe by the the front patter she means the image she has to maintain( the barrier keeping her true self inside) and the inner patter which eventually becomes a person, in her true self (the women) she is hiding inside.

It was interesting trying to decipher a deeper meaning, even though the text it’s self was of a women over coming her mental problem. The ending of her crawling, I have no idea what that’s about, just picturing it I imagine one really crazy person.

The Yellow Wallpaper

The yellow wallpaper is a very interesting and creepy story. So far its one of the best articles i read. What really caught my attention was the illness suffered by the narrator she was attracted with yellow wall paper in the room. She actually thought their was a woman trapped within the wallpaper so she decides to strip the paper off. When her husband comes into the room and sees what she’s doing he faints and instead of her paying attention to him she ignores him and keep stripping the paper. In my mind i can see everything happening i can actually see her ripping the paper and hear the paper crumble.

I believe everything happen really quickly i wasn’t expecting so much of her but the end of the story was very shocking. Her imagination came over her and controlled her through out the whole story even thought many tried to convince her their was nothing she kept insisting their was.

The Yellow Wallpaper Great Story !

This was one of the best reads for me so far. From the first page I was drawn into the story off her optimism about a house and that lead me to think that there was another headline in the story just based on the title alone; The Yellow Wallpaper. As I read the story, there were so many different points that I couldn’t quite figure out the main focus of the story and that was what intrigued me. Until I reached pg 5 when John, said to the narrator “No one but myself can help me out of it, that I must use my will and self-control and not let any silly fancies run away with me.” I thought about it and said to myself she had to be crazy simply because she sees animation on a wallpaper and as a result her husband and sister-in-law Jennie are ridiculing her because they have no idea what she’s talking about. This type of tone just shows John’s concern about his wife and that nothing of a serious illness was mentioned drew me to that conclusion.

That seemed to followed with me until the end where it sunk in that she was indeed mentally insane. “I’ve got out at last” she said, “in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!” This to me summed it all up that this story was based on a mentally ill patient and her stay in a nursery home and her imagination of a yellow wallpaper. The fact that the focus was pointed out at the end but still had enough imagination and details to keep me enticed made this such a great story and one that I enjoyed very much.

The Yellow Wallpaper

In my opinion, this story has a bugged out character in it…she’s mind irritating. I can literally feel my brain aching. Key statement I would like to highlight is, “He [John] says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies…”(3). At first I believed the narrator in regards to her feelings toward such a creeped out mansion, but then as the story progressed, I started to see her nervousness getting the best of her. It started getting to the point, I had to start asking myself, “Is she serious?”(sarcastically). This woman, the narrator, is too nervous. Throughout the story we see her wanting to cry for nothing as stated,” I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time”(4). She sees inanimate objects moving as read, “The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out”(5). This then draws to the most important part. She has a weird obsession with her room’s yellow wallpaper. It even gets to the point in where she starts secretly accusing others of having a similar fascination with the wallpaper. She states, “He [John] seems very queer sometimes, and even Jennie has an inexplicable look…perhaps it is the wallpaper”(6).

She stated how she felt she was improving mentally but ironically, this was all due to the yellow wallpaper; the paper she greatly despised. We note her say, “John is so pleased to see me improve! He laughed a little the other day and said I seemed to be flourishing in spite of my wallpaper…I had no intention of telling him it was because of the wallpaper”(7). Now, more irony seems to come in, in that while she and her husband thought she was improving, she was actually declining in sanity. Even as we see at the end of the story, her “IMAGINATION”, which now completely got the best of her, makes her believe herself to be the escaped woman from the yellow wallpaper. To me this also seems to show some sort of possession of the wallpaper, as in everything about the wallpaper, every decision about it, belongs to her. I base my idea off the comment she made when she felt others wanted to figure the wallpaper’s pattern out. “I’m determined that nobody shall find it out but myself”(6). This says to me that she believes that there is some sort of special bond between her and the yellow wallpaper.

The Yellow Wallpaper

The first thought that came to my mind when I finished reading the story was, “Wow, this is beautifully written.” It was written so creatively you dont even notice until you’re at the end. For most of the stories I read I can basically predict the ending. This was one of the few that actually surprised me. For that reason, I really enjoyed the story. It was not until I read the line, “I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper as I did.” (pg 9) that I finally understood what direction the story was going in. I felt like everything prior to that was all over the place. From that point on, I was reading with extremely wide eyes.

For some reason, I read the last part of the story as if it were a horror story. It was extremely creepy if you picture everything she is describing in your head. On the first page of the story the wife says, “… — there is something strange about the house — I can feel it.” (pg 1) The biggest and plainest foreshadowing I’ve ever seen. You know that something really crazy is going to happen that will make your mouth form an O. That is exactly what happened to me, I could not understand at all what was happening until the end.  It was a very interesting story.