The story of The Yellow Wallpaper reflects the period where men have dominated over women. The real meaning of this story is written hidden behind it. The author had used a writing style that is taking objects portraying men, women, and society. The story first starts off a couple have moved to a house. A so-called haunted house, her wife describes it. The wife, who is a patient of her husband, has moved here to cure her sickness. She does not admit that she has a problem. Everyday she keeps looking at the tore yellow wallpaper.
She finds it really interesting observing it. She likes writing personally. And so she writes about the yellow wallpaper. Everyday she would find something new to write about. The wallpaper really represents the society. Those bars, which she sees in front of the wallpaper, represent freedom. It is the boundary that woman wants to break open of. Women image behind the bars, tries to escaped from the control of men will eventually be twisted up. The lights that shined through the window present the dominant of men.
The wife observes that patterns of the parts where lights shine right at it is the non-active parts. It symbolizes women are more settle when men are watching over them. Under their pressure, they don’t dare to rebel against them. Her wife sees images moving around on the dark side. That brings up a big contradicting point comparing this to our present society. Back then, woman does not have much freedom. They are under man’s hands. Secretly they tired to struggle through this strangle. But they failed after all.
My favorite passage of this story is on page 163. The detailed description that the wife describes really draws much attention to me. It talks about some details that the wife finds looking at the wallpaper. And one interesting point, that she sees John and Jennie put their eyes on the wallpaper too. That she was surprise John and Jennie may see there is something going on about the wallpaper. But I don’t know if that is what the wife is determines or have a guess that’s what they are doing also.
Last sentence of the passage: “But I Know she was studying that pattern, and I am determined that nobody shall find it out but myself! ” She was very into examining the wallpaper, she is full of confidant that she shall be the one finding out what’s behind the wallpaper. It is quite freaky to hear that from her. Because she is a patient, and now here she is describing all that of the wallpaper and convinces that everybody in the house finds the wallpaper really have something going on. At the end of the story, his husband surprisingly fainted. He was too frowning to see her wife being crazy like this.
Crawling around the floor, saying to her husband that she is helping woman to get away from the wall. Now that brings out a point in the story. She said “And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back! ” She thinks she doesn’t need anybody to help her. That she can break through that boundary over man or just anybody that she needs to rely on. Despite the fact that she does not even know she has a problem. But the main passage that the author wants us to know is what I’ve described above. That woman, in that period, is under man’s hands.