What is the symbolic meaning of the wallpaper in the story "the yellow wallpaper " ??
I don't think it means anything on its own--the whole story is about a woman spiraling into madness (as well as being a commentary on the contemporary notion that women are to stay at home) with the wallpaper being her only real source of stimuli. Because she's trapped in that room for so long, she subconsciously associates herself with the people painted in the wallpaper, because, y'know, crazy. It's probably a statement on how people left in isolation for so long will latch onto any source of escapism to retreat from their own madness.
The important part of the story isn't that the wallpaper is yellow--it really could have been any color--but the author probably wanted something extremely garish and obvious for the main character to focus on, and hideously bright wallpaper seemed like a logical choice.
Isn't the wallpaper a symbol of social expectation and patriarchal ideology? Moreover, wasn't the hallucination she had, which was seeing a woman behind the wallpaper, an inner psychological projection of her ??
It's been years since I read this, but from what I recall, it represents society's expectations/treatment of women.
Her obsession with the wallpaper grows as her husband refuses to let her write, see anyone, or go anywhere else. She starts to destroy the wallpaper because she doesn't know how to destroy the social constructs.
I think I remember her continually trying to find a pattern but saying that there was none, that it was just ugly and non-sensical. I think this is commentary on why women were treated as second class citizens - was there any good reason? Any pattern that suggested it made sense? No.
She eventually finds that at night, when any sort of light shines on the wall (enlightenment/being able to see it for it what it is separate from everything else surrounding it) it looks like bars. This suggests that when you actually shine a light on the wallpaper (focus solely on society's expectations of women) you can see it for what it is: a prison.
By the end of the story it drives her quite mad and she becomes the woman in the wallpaper. She wants so badly to get out but she can't recognize that the wallpaper symbolizes something in her own life. At the end she says something incredibly insightful and so on point but you know she doesn't realize why it's so true and it's heartbreaking - something about her husband being in her way of escape and having to creep over him every time she wants out.
by Schandee Decker 4 years ago
Have you ever read "The Yellow Wallpaper"?"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, did this book give you a feeling of impending doom and gloom but held your interest at the same time? I love this small but strange tale.
by PhoenixV 3 years ago
Was There Any Symbolic Meaning Behind Jesus Cursing The Fig Tree?
by Dawn the Chip 7 years ago
Symbolic Meaning of a feather landing on youA white feather floated from the sky and landed on my knee one evening ....Just after an upset. Does this have a symbolic meaning?
by phion 6 years ago
Hows this for some symbolic meaning?The next photo is of the torch extinguished as the raft takes a big splash. FAIL. There's a little comedy for your day, even if the subject isn't so funny.
by Amber Mandala 7 years ago
What is the meaning for the color amber?
by pisean282311 7 years ago
do you believe in adam/eve story or consider it symbolic?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|