Analysis of "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "Patriotism" by Yukio Mishima Great writings in literature are special in the way they lend themselves to thoughtful analysis that helps reveal the underlying messages and lessons that authors like Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Yukio Mishima have so eloquently crafted into their works. Accordingly, the following discussion provides a literary analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Patriotism by Yukio Mishima. Character Struggle with Society As with any quality short story, both The Yellow Wallpaper and Patriotism have characters that experience fundamental struggles with society in unique ways. In The Yellow Wallpaper, the story centers around one...The end:
.....ness and sweetness of that great moral principle in which her husband believed" (Mishima, n.d., p. 56). Conclusion As discussion and analysis has shown, Gilman’s nameless woman experiences an extraordinary and tragic struggle with a society that effectively directs her life down a path to madness and insanity. This is due to the fact that society tells her she is sick and that the prescription is a life of worthless idleness and seclusion. Mishima’s tale is also tragic but in a very different sense. Shinji’s and Reiko’s deaths are ultimately a statement about courage and the power of the human will in upholding the highest of moral standards. REFERENCES Gilman, P. (1981). The Yellow Wallpaper. Forgotten Books. Mishima, Y. (n.d.) Patriotism.