The Theme Of Confinement In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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In Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” one of the initial themes that I took notice is the theme of being confined, whether it be physically or mentally portrayed in this story. This sort of physical imprisonment resembles the narrators sort of social confinement that she must be feeling. This is a driving engine in the story that moves the plot forward, as she, the narrator, drives herself mad from being confined, and not being able to have any freedom.
“It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three miles from the village.” (Gilman 1) It begins with the narrators' description of the setting that is physically confining her. This setting is just one one of the isolations that the narrator points out. The story’s setting is one of the confinement and isolations that the narrator feels. The estate is set back from the road, which the road itself is three miles from town. The isolation and confinement motif continues with the mansion itself.
This is another feeling of confinement that the narrator feels, she mentions about changing the wallpaper and the husband pretty much ignores her request and then she realizes the other things that are closing in on her. “He said that after the wall-paper was changed it would be the
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“At night in any kind of light, in the twilight, candle light, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars! The outside pattern I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be.” (Gilman 8) Everything about this narrator swarms around confinement. In the end, she seems to attempt to take control of her confinement by really confining herself. The narrator sees the others confined as well, creeping around. “Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.” (Gilman