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Alyssa Sippel Ms. Stephens ENGL-210-U325 1 March 2016 The Madness Within the Yellow Wallpaper “The Yellow Wallpaper” could be interpreted in one of two, or possibly even more than two, ways. One way this could be interpreted is by just reading the text how it is written and not relating it to the author’s life or other metaphors. The other way it could be interpreted is by all the metaphors and hidden significances of each line. The author seems to intertwine some of her emotional and psychological difficulties into the story which gives each page a creative twist. Her personal experience helps give this story a sense of realness which intrigues the reader more with each word. The realness makes every dramatic twist the author gives have more edge to them and leave the reader wanting more. This essay will be written from that perspective, assuming the narrator is a mental patient in an asylum. This could be also written that way, because of how the women in society were treated at the time. Women were seen as weaker than men. If women were depressed, they were sent away to these places but if men were depressed they were told to take a break from work and go hunting and such. This hints at the sexism of the time which gives this story an even more underlying meaning. The story starts out with the narrator moving to an estate outside of town which features gardens, box-bordered paths, and grape covered arbors with seats. The narrator says, “It makes me think of English places that you read about, for there are hedges and walls and gates that lock, and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people.” (527). This quote leaves Sippel 1
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