January 15, 2004

Life and Inanimate Object

I have come to find that everyone has an inanimate object that they associate thier lives to. For writers the inanimate object may a pencil and for actors it may be a stage, but it is different for everyone. In The Yellow Wallpaper the narrator was linked the wallpaper in her bedrooom that entrapped her and kept her hidden from the outside world.
I have have honestly never read this type of literature before and it was great to find that I not only liked it but understood the concept and the symbolism behind it. At first glance you would think that they narrator in the story was indeed sick and crazy but as you read further into you find that she is not sick but only a victim of her ownself. She allows other to let her believe that she is sick and that she needs to be confined to a house but when she breaks free to herself she finds replinishement in herself and in her ideas.
This was an enjoyable piece full of symbolism, and human emotion. I reccomend it to anyone who is interested in reading.

Within this blog I would like to thank julie for the presentation on blogging. It was informative and brought me back into the blogging mood. Thanks Julie.

Posted by Carla Rae Jackson at January 15, 2004 02:48 PM

Awesome response, Carla. I agree 100%. I really got into the fact that the woman in "The Yellow Wallpaper" was connected to that wallpaper in so many ways. Symbolism can be a bit screwy sometimes, but this was a pretty clear example of the author's use of literary devices like personification and allusion to really drive the point home :)

Posted by: Karissa at January 15, 2004 08:23 PM

Hey, I'm along with you and Karissa here, I had the feeling that the wallpaper had something to do with the fact that she wanted to be free, meaning that she was confined by people who "thought" she was sick. Yeah, it was interesting story :-)

Posted by: SueMyers at January 18, 2004 07:11 PM

I believe the wallpaper is a symbol for the woman's deteriorating mind. As the wallpaper gets less and less the woman has less and less of a mind. The things she sees in the wallpaper symbolize her life. She says she sees a woman trapped in the wallpaper, trying to get out of the bars..this is like her life. She is being controlled by her husband and is confined in the nursury. She does not take care of her own child and seems to be held prisoner by her mind. Like the wallpaper, she is peeling away.

Also, I believe the wallpaper is the paper in which she is writing on. As she writes more and mroe she explains how she has to tear more and more of the paper off the wall. She would have to do this to hide it. I am just a high school student, but that is what I got out of the story.
(along with the comments already posted)

Posted by: Reader101 at October 19, 2004 08:50 AM
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