The Narrator’s Loss of Mind in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”

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The Narrator's Loss of Mind in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Reading Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an eerie study of a narrator’s mind being made ill because she is treated as an invalid while being told she is not. Having recently given birth, the protagonist gradually develops a delusional appreciation for her wallpaper. Her tone is never hysterical, which makes her gradual slide into madness all the more interesting. It is an almost elegant downward spiral, never rushed, calmly and pleasantly told from the perspective of the unfortunate afflicted woman who does not reveal any stress or self pity.
The protagonist is a chatty describer of her situation, which is affluent and her family is...
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.....s domineering but because a part of the reader begins to wish that the narrator’s madness will just go away.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is an outstanding short story because it conveys the main character’s perspective slowly melting into madness. It is a frightening achievement because so many writers may have preferred to show her doing lots of crazy things to prove she is unwell. Gilman is one of those writers who can shock the reader by putting him or her into the mind of someone losing hers.
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