The yellow wallpaper

The story starts with the Narrator journaling her way through this new phase of life in an isolated mansion, with all the purpose to improve her illness, a nervous depression as said her husband.

The conflict between John and his wife was slowly revealed as their way of thinking contradicts one another. For as a man and a doctor, John is supposedly and undoubtedly dominant, manipulating his wife life by not allowing her to interact with any activity for the sake of her health. But did not he know that secretly, it is journaling that improves her health, for it is journaling that she deems as freedom.

Yet, under John and his sister Jenny’s supervision, the Narrator once again finds herself “trapped”. And as her condition gotten worse, she was moved to the room with “the yellow wallpaper”, where delusionally, she saw a silhouette of a woman, nowhere other than inside the wallpaper.  Being up in that room alone, our Narrator finds her sensitivity and imagination doubting her husband role in the society, going against the social norms. The longer she is in that room, the clearer the woman appears, crawling and moving as if trying to escape.

The story reaches its climax as the Narrator tears down the wallpaper to free the woman inside it, whom she then thought herself to be; just like that, she creeks around the room until John comes in, freaking out and faint. 

By using the 1st person point of view, the author emphasizes the storyteller’s insanity to show the conflict between the storyteller and society. To be specific, the 1st person point of view allows readers to witness the thoughts and emotions of a creative and independent woman who is forced to follow orders against her will. From the beginning, her unwillingness, which she often keeps to herself only, can be seen through the 1st person point of view: “so I take pains to control myself- before him, at least, and that makes me very tired” (pg.648). As she has to make great efforts to control herself, to please John, who is representative for man and power dominating the society, she is contradicting her true self and that strained her. By that, the author indicates how the conflict can impact her mental negatively. As the conflict prolongs and the storyteller’s endurance runs out due to the accumulated tiredness and pressure through her mental dispute with the society. In brief, to point out the conflict between the storyteller and society, where she does not belong to, 1st person point of view has been used to expresses emotions and the emotions and thoughts of an exhausting driven woman.