The House in “the Yellow Wallpaper” Ambivalence or Brilliance?

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Philipps-Universität Marburg FB 10: Fremdsprachliche Philologien Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Class: Academic Writing |
Instructor: Dr. Johanna Heil

The House in “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Ambivalence or Brilliance?

Name: Anas Asmaeil
Module: Literary Studies: History
Semesters Studied: 1
Address: Adam-Krafft.7, 35039, Marburg
Date of Submission: February 29, 2016
Student ID: 2739275

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction 1
2. [Main Part I]
2.1 Gothic Element 2.2 Feminism
3. Conclusion 1 [Bibliography]

1. Introduction: “All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.” By Georg Eliot
It goes without saying that the more one ponders upon the masterpiece written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the more compelled one finds themselves to, not only reverence what she brought forth, but to also acclaim the diverse interpretations one can come up with of a text written well over a century ago. The story talks about a woman who is diagnosed with "temporary nervous depression—a slight hysterical tendency" (Gilman 1) and thus is sentenced by her physician to a rest cure. Following her husband’s and doctor’s orders, her suffering grows worse and worse and signs of depression, anxiety and dissociation manifest, quite the opposite of what was supposed to happen.
Having the ability to scare and horrify the reader, this unique story had been considered as a classic in Gothic literature. However, it has recently been perceived as an early indictment of the patriarchal social structure and therefore has become a classic in feminist literature. There are many signs of Gothic elements and feminist ideas presented via symbolism, and one of the most prominent figures presented in the story is the house. In this paper, I will provide an illustration on how the…...

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