Three Approaches to Gillman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”


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Three Approaches to Gillman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”
The expansion of literary theory has given critics a wide array of tools at their disposal when evaluating texts. The various theoretical approaches are not intended to explain all of literature, but rather as specific tools that can be employed. This paper will demonstrate this versatility by showing how three different theoretical approaches can be applied to the same text. In this case, I will examine Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” using psychoanalysis, structuralism, and queer theory to demonstrate both the depth of Gilman’s work and the versatility of literary theory.
Sigmund Freud’s landmark work The Interpretation of Dreams was published in...
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.....e each other. In all three cases, these theorists’ ideas can be used to understand the relationship between the narrator and her husband, but we learn something different from each approach, whether it is about the nature of symbolism in literature and psychology, the complex and structure of language systems, or the social forces of power and repression that produce such horrible actions.
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