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February 26, 2007

I am living in a prison

"More obviously, agoraphobis and its complementary opposite, claustrophobia, are by definition associated with the spatial imagery through which these poets and novelists express their feelings of social confinement and their yearning for spiritual escape."

There was an idea of confinement that was mentioned and throughly examined throughout this essay. Works in the nineteenth-century, that mainly dealt with imprisonment and escape of women, generally begin using houses as primary symbols of female imprisonment.

It is noticed throughout the essay "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Gilbert and Gubar, that male writers used imagery of enclosure and escape and is more comfortable with his literary role that he is able to elaborate upon his visionary them more objectively than a woman. Women reflect their reality of their own confinement with recording their own experience. They are secretly working through and within the conventions of literary texts to define their own lives.

Women define themselves as prisoners and create characters who attempt to escape if only into nothingness but towards something to attract attention to them.

In "The Yellow Wallpaper," Gillman creates a character, or herself, that attempts to leave the house, the prison, and shows that the only way to leave the confinement is through nothingness and attract attention to how serious her disease has become due to the imprisonment. It is also obvious that the women seems to gain this sense of agorophobia and claustrophobia that allows for her breakdown and yearning for mental and emotional escape.

The images of imprisonment written by men are metaphysical and metaphorical because they do not understand the harmful effects of confinement whereas the women show the confinement as social and actual.

The conflicting pressure society has placed on women are shown through the pervasive scenes of imprisonment.

Posted by Denamarie at February 26, 2007 11:47 AM

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