Ms. Abigail L. Montgomery
An ordinary mind
In the short story, the yellow wallpaper, Jane let us into her night mare as she goes through it. While Jane is starving for liberty to write and new adventures, john tries hard to push her back to her normal self by forcing her to spend most of her time in this room with barred windows and walls covered in a distinct yellow wallpaper, at this level she can’t physically leave and she feels mentally trapped, following this further, as the days are passing by, she sees her reflection through this distinct yellow wallpaper. Which by it, she reaches a point with no return, the yellow wall paper is a hidden text that end up displaying the symbol of her madness; The crave for freedom, her hatred and fascination with the wall paper, and the loss of willpower led me to my conclusion.
At the beginning of the book, Jane expressed her disagreement tour her husband’s and brother’s idea about her restrictions, she believes that “congenial work, with excitement and changed...”would change her situation around (Gilman 476). She wants to be active, no trapped, she wants enjoyment and delight in her life; in the same way she believes that if there were less obstruction and more motivation she would get well faster; however, she is there to spend several weeks inside this colonial mansion, that has been empty for years; furthermore, she feels an unpleasant sensation while living in it. She craves for freedom to write, but john’s orders are clear, and she must not write and make such an effort of thinking and using her imagination. Jane also believe that Jennie agrees with her brother’s conclusion; “…she thinks is the writing that makes me sick!” (Gilman 481). Therefore, she doesn’t let them see her writing.
In addition to this, she is to spend most of her days in her room, starting at the yellow wallpaper for hours, in occasion, she finds the wallpaper certainly disturbing, “I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness” (481). Other times, she thinks that starting at it and trying to find any hidden message it’s as good exercising “I lie here in this great immovable bed…and fallow that pattern about by the hour. It’s as good as gymnastics (482). However, she is becoming obsessive about it,