The Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman expresses the severity of the suffering people encounter behind closed doors regarding mental illnesses and the factors that affect this. The short story follows a young woman and her diary entries as she documents her journey suffering from post-partum depression. During this time, she becomes increasingly obsessed with the wallpaper within the room she is confined in.
As time passes by, her depression, fatigue and her fascination with the wallpaper worsens, in her diary she writes about her progress in uncovering the secrets of its pattern and concludes that the figure she sees in the pattern is a woman trapped behind bars. She makes it a mission of hers to free the lady, she hides all of this from her husband and his sister, she starts to even to keep the secrets from her own diary.
The narrator is in a dilemma and feels as if she is forced to trust her husband’s orders and medical advice because of his reputation. After spending all her time in the room her husband confined her to, she became fixated on the “strange yellow”, “sub-patterned” “horrid” wallpaper. She eventually rips down the paper and “frees the woman inside.” In the end of the story, the narrator says, “I've got out at last,' said I, in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the wallpaper, so you can't put me back!”. She believes that the woman in the wallpaper was in fact herself. Now that the whole wallpaper is stripped off this demonstrates that she has gone insane and believes she has truly escaped from reality. The story end with her creeping over her husband’s body which means her husband is an impediment of her freedom, and she has been over the impediment now.
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