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Final Draft: The yellow wall paper essay

Some weeks ago we rote our essays in pairs about a certain statement about the yellow wallpaper. This is my second draft that I did with Rochi.

In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman we can see how the husband and wife are not who they seem to be throughout the story. John is a physician, he shows a lot of concern for his wife, while his wife, who is ‘sick’ is put away from her child and is isolated. In the end we are able to see how the situation is changed and there is a change in their roles as ‘crazy’ people.

On the one hand, there is the Husband, a doctor. We see how this character metonymically reflects positivism. He “scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures.” Since he is a man of science, there needs to be a concrete reason for everything. He was a man who in that time had the upper hand on decisions, he was the one who provided for the family and was basically ‘the king of the house’. At the start of the story we see how he portrays his wife as the crazy one, keeping her away from her own child, imprisoning her in the house, not letting her work until she is ‘well again’. Such decision is left to his own criteria which disregards his wife’s say in the matter. This situation reproduces the typical Victorian relationship: he is in power, she is submissive. But towards the end the tables turn, the woman takes the power, when he is trying to open the door and she would tell him to go get the key: “The key is down by the front door, under the plantain leaf”. She kept trying for him to just go and do the job for once instead of her having to obey him every single time. After this is one of the most crucial moments in the story, where roles change. The husband opens the door and faints and she doesn’t even recognize him as her husband anymore, he is a stranger for her: “Now why should that man have fainted?” He is not John for her anymore, he is not her husband, he is a complete stranger in her way. This is where the reversal occurs, where husband and wife change roles.

On the other hand, there is the wife and her role change. She is a stay-at-home mother who was dragged to this huge house three miles from the village to be with herself until she is well again. We have to emphasize on the fact that John is the one who decides when she is better. “[The house] is quite alone standing” is clearly a reflection of her situation since her husband is working all the time and she is always in the room with the yellow wallpaper. The narrator makes us think she is the crazy one throughout the whole story but at the end, comes the change in roles. “”I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jane.” This is the moment in the story where we have to rethink it all and wonder who the crazy really is. She feels liberated from her controlling husband. “And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”” John thinks she’s sick, and she thinks John is manipulating her. She doesn’t feel crazy. But, we don’t know what John feels. We would have to hear the story from another point of view to really understand who is the insane character.

To complete our theory, we don’t know if either of them are crazy, but the writer wants to confuse us and leave it to us to decide. Naturally, because John is a man of science you would think the woman is mad. However, we showed to you this other possibility, this other possible theory.

Yellow Wallpaper Essay

Since school started we have been analyzing “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Now that we have finished the story, our Literature teacher asked us to write statements for an essay and then write an essay in pairs. I worked with Rochi Hartmann and this is our essay on The Yellow Wallpaper.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” is written upon a paradox: the man and woman’s relationship.


In the story “ The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman we can see how the husband and wife are not who they seem to be throughout the story. We see how they change towards the end causing a paradox in their roles as ‘crazy’ characters making us have to reevaluate the whole story.

On the one hand, we have the husband, a doctor, a man of science. We see an important reflection of positivism through his character. A man who in that time had the upper hand on decisions, he was the one who provided for the family and was basically ‘the king of the house’. At the start of the story we see how he portrays his wife as the crazy one, keeping her away from her own  child, imprisoning her in the house, not letting her work until she is ‘well again’. That being left to his own criteria, his own idea of what being well is like. But towards the end  tables are turned, the wife takes the power, when he’s trying to open the door and she tells him to go get the key himself. “The key is down by the front door, under the plantain leaf”. She kept trying for him to just go and do the job for once instead of her having to obey him every single time. After this is one of the most crucial moments in the story, where roles change. The husband opens the door and faints and she doesn’t even recognize him as her husband anymore, he’s a stranger for her: “Now why should that man have fainted?” He isn’t John for her anymore, he isn’t her husband, he’s a complete stranger.

On the other hand, we’ve got the wife and her role change. She’s a stay at home mother who was dragged to this huge house three miles from the village to be with herself until she gets better. Again, emphasizing on the fact that John will be the one who decides when she is better. “[The house] is quite alone standing”, a reflection of her situation since her husband is working all the time and she’s always in the room with the yellow wallpaper. The narrator makes us think she’s the crazy one throughout the whole story but at the end, comes the change in roles. “”I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jane.” This is the moment in the story where we have to rethink it all and wonder who the crazy really is. She feels liberated from her controlling husband. “And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”” Maybe it is John, the one manipulating her. It is left to open interpretation.

Sandpiper Analysis.

On a Literature class we Analysed the story “Sandpiper” so as a homework our teacher gave us 21 questions to answer. I forgot to post them so now im posting them really late. These are my answers.

 

 

WORKSHEET 1

1) She didn’t want to leave patterns on the sand because she didn’t want to change life and destiny as it was meant to be, she tried to keep what was coming for her.

2) This quote is from the first paragraph of the story, by this the writer means that the woman was determined to accept the consequences of the life she had made, she did not want to change her path and only believed nature had the right to do such thing.

3) I believe this is a reflection of how the woman had to adapt herself to a new culture, new foods, a new language and other things itself in order to balance her marriage and to make her daughter happy.

4) In my opinion the sea totally represents her life, the sea is never the same, sometimes is calm, sometimes not so much and other times it goes furious. The stages of the sea represent everything that the woman suffered until that moment.

5) What this quote represents for me is how the woman tried to to dig deeper and deeper trying to get a hold of all the things she had before she married and had to change her whole lifestyle.

WORKSHEET 2

1) I do believe it represents how not only her marriage changed, but also her husband and ho she cant grasp her culture as she used to.

2) The woman continuously goes back to her old life because she misses her old culture, she misses everything about it and she does not feel comfortable the way she is living her life st the moment.

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4)The woman and her husband had been very happy for a very long period of time and they shares very valuable memories together.

5) The couple did a lot of things together and by this I think the quotation means that they both missed how they were before, but it wasn’t a sad missing if not one that she felt sometimes but she knew she could bring those moments back to life whenever she wanted to.

WORKSHEET 3

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2) The woman is very happy about her  baby, Id say it brought back happiness to her that she hadn’t felt maybe in some time and it gave her a part of herself.

3) I think that her state of mind is really negative, like shes trying to get a hold of her culture again but she cant and shes giving up so she sees her path further and further very time like she cant reach it anymore.

4) I think it gives an impact on how shes so determined on the things she should have done, if she had left and looked forward to a better future where she wouldn’t have to be someone she wasn’t, she might have been happier, more comfortable, at peace with herself for going back to where she truly belonged.

5) She hates the fact that she isn’t allowed to do anything, there is always someone getting their hands dirty for her (not in a bad way) and she does not like that at all.

6) The woman was determined to stay for the sake of her daughter, since she believed that it was essential for Lucy to have both of her parents present at that moment of her life.

WORKSHEET 4

1)  The woman seems to be really happy, she felt important. The maid didn’t let her do anything so she finally felt of use and it busted her confidence.

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4) I think the woman must have felt very hurt on how women were portrayed as weak.

5) Egypt is not a liberating country for women, i do believe this damaged the relationship because both were such different cultures, even though they say opposites attract, sometimes they crash and create a very negative atmosphere.

6) Both of them are together so Lucy can grow up happily but not both of them agree on Lucy learning a certain language and having a certain culture, different from the mother.

 

Comparison between the Woodspurge and A Birthday.

In our Literature class we’ve been reading two poems called A Birthday and The Woodspurge. So we were asked to do a comparison of them and then post it in our blogs. Here is mine:

A Birthday and The Woodspurge are two totally different poems.

A Birthday talks about happiness and love, how you can be so happy in life and that nature is so beautiful and nothing can take that away fro you as long as you’re at your best while The Woodspurge talks about something different.

The Woodspurge talks about death and grief and loosing the ones you love and how your world stops when you loose someone. You feel like you are walking with no direction and you’re slowly drifting away.

Briefly, A Birthday is happy and The Woodspurge is depressing.

A Birthday Analisis.

In the Literature class we’ve been reading the poem of “A Birthday”by Christina Rosetti. Our Teacher,Pato, told us to enter her blog and watch a video and answer some questions in class so then we could post them on our blog. These are my answers.

  What is the theme?

For me the theme is love and relationship.

What is the tone?

Happy, Calm, Peaceful.

What is the main difference between the two stanzas?

I think the main difference is thta in one stanza she accepts the feeling of love and uses nature to compare the feeling and in another, she uses material things so feel even more loved.

How are the similies in the poem appropiate for the romantic longings the speaker feels?

How is the metaphor of the birthday appropriate?

I feel like she uses her birthday to say that she finally got what she wanted, it was like her birthday present finally came, she got thelove she wanted.

Make a list of religious symbols. What do they mean in the poem?

One of the Religious things I can see in the poem is: And peacocks with a hundred eyes. Meaning that the feathers that thepeacocks have, that are hundreds, seem like eyes, god is watching us all the time.

 

“Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” Essay.

Our Literature teacher, gave us two tasks for an essay, we has to choose one out of the two. I chose Option 2.

In the poem “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” the writer, William WordsWorth, admires nature and man-made objects. In this composition i’ll analyze the admiration the author has for those two things.

In the first part of the poem, and in the first stanza the writer, is in London when the sun is about to come out admiring the peace and the silence. he uses hyperbolic language saying: “earth has nothing to show more fair”. In that line, he talks about man-made objects. For the writer, he has the most beautiful view ever and he thinks that if someone wouldn’t think the same as him about this view, the would be blind. He is delighted by what he sees and by the feelings it makes him have.

In the second stanza, the writer mentions all the beautiful things the city has at dawn. That’s why he mentions:”the beauty of the city” and the “ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples.” All of this things he mentions are open to the fields and to the sky. The writer mentions them as: “bright” because at that our, nobody was at work, and this was in the industrial revolution, so factories would have smoke coming out of their chimneys when there were workers working. That’s exactly why the writer mentions: ” the smokeless air”. Factories weren’t open yet.

In the second part of the poem, the writer talks about nature and the city. The city is calm in the morning. Where he is now is peaceful, relaxing when nobody is working, and there is no one out since they are sleeping. In the end he thanks god for nature and everything that is beautiful about it.

All in all, William Wordsworth loves and contemplates nature and man-made objects.