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The Yellow Wallpaper, a story of the 19th Century

The Yellow Wall-Paper was a story of the 19th Century written by a woman who suffered from a severe nervous breakdown. She was in her own house hallucinating events. She had difficulties controlling her own thoughts, and started getting emotional out of a sudden. She would get angry with her husband out of no reason, in other words, she needed a great effort for herself to think and act as a normal person. The atmosphere in the house had contributed to her being nervous which led to her mental disorder.

The house was situated in an isolated area, which made her think that there was something strange with the place. The nursery which was her room was another place that always came to her mind. The place was confusing for her at that time. For instance she could get a good view from one of the window and from another she got an unpleasant view. These windows also made her have hallucination of the wallpaper. The yellow wallpaper in the room obsessed her so much that she could lie in her bed and follow the pattern that was printed on the wallpaper. These settings of the room have been chosen as I felt that these were the atmospheric feeling that might have contributed to her sickness.

1. The author emphasize on the settings of her room. She talked about the wallpaper and the views from the windows. It was the wallpaper that had a great impact on her feelings and thoughts. Hallucinations began whenever she looked at the wallpaper. There were times where she could imagine the pattern on the wallpaper as eyes that were upside-down staring at her, sometimes she could see a frightening figure appearing from the wallpaper. She would get irritated and confused whenever she looked at that wallpaper, however she never stop staring at it and following the pattern that was on it.

This was one of the cause to her thinking disorder, that is why she emphasize more on this area. The second event that made her stress was the view from the window which she gets at night. This had also an impact on her nervous breakdown. Moreover, she had to listen to her husbands word, she was pretty much lacking of freedom. She was not able to make decisions of her own. It could be seen when the husband did not want to move out of the house due to the rent policy.

2. The author had chosen an atmosphere that was depressing. It was not very scientific of her to have imagined all the figures and events that frightened her. She must have suffered a great deal of depression from after child-birth. The settings of the house and the atmosphere was appropriate for this passage, as it had made us feel of the authors feeling while she was experiencing those events. The atmosphere was also cold as we can see that she was being controlled by her husband. She did not have the freedom for herself. It was also shown that the equality in society which existed in the 19th Century.

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