Trapped and Unreliable The two narratives “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe are stories that seem completely various from each other, but are in fact very similar; among those similarities is the theme of entrapment the stories reveal entrapment on both a physical and a mental level. We see in these two stories individuals that are not only trapped physically however caught mentally within their own minds unable to totally free themselves from the chains that are holding them; these circumstances reveal us that both of the main characters in these stories are undependable.
The theme of entrapment that is shared by both of these stories truly sets the phase for both of them it defines the plot and actually is the center of both of these stories.
“The Yellow Wallpaper”, concentrates on the narrator’s deep anxiety and her battle to improve. The storyteller invests her summer getaway confined in a nursery on the leading floor of a mansion. This remains in an effort to cure her health problem by her other half John, who is a medical professional. The space has actually barred windows on all sides and yellow wallpaper with “stretching flamboyant patterns” (Gilman 766).
The narrator in the beginning is in disgust with the wallpaper and believes it is an artistic sin. Then with absolutely nothing to do, and her imagination running complimentary, she turns her imagination onto the wallpaper. She uses the wallpaper as a kind of entertainment and attempts to figure out the pattern. The main sign of the short story is the wallpaper. The meaning behind the wallpaper represents the storyteller’s entrapment and her struggle with anxiety. Armstrong 2 The yellow wallpaper acts like a mental entrapment for the main character.
At the end of the story, the main character rips down the yellow wallpaper to launch the female behind the paper. This was symbolic due to the fact that although she saw a lady, this woman was her. When the narrator was upset she put that onto the wallpaper, so that is why she ripped the wallpaper down. She was caught behind the pattern and she couldn’t move from it. This is the point where her illness has gotten to the worst degree. The wallpaper led her to produce her own madness. The primary character says in the story, “There are things in the wallpaper that nobody learns about however me, or ever will. (Gilman 774). Not even John knew what was really going on due to the fact that he was always working and never ever took his partner’s ideas too seriously. The yellow wallpaper also functions as physical entrapment to the main character. The wallpaper obstructs her into that little room. She seems like she can not improve because room. In a sense she can’t get better because room because of the things avoiding her from resting. Her eyes are continuously on the yellow wallpaper; her mind likewise feels she can not step away from the wallpaper.
In “The Cask of Amontillado”, The story begins with Montresor determining the events of 50 years prior to an undisclosed person. Montresor feels as though the antagonist, Fortunato, has actually wronged him on various occasions. Although these injuries are not stated, Montresor is adamant that revenge is necessary. Montresor states: “I must not only penalize, however penalize with impunity.” (Poe 125) This quote shows that not just does Montresor feel highly about the actions that should be taken, however likewise shows the attitude that these actions are necessitated.
Montresor, like any other male, is consumed by the desire to avenge his foe. Armstrong 3 There is apparent distinctions between these two stories, In “The Yellow Wallpaper” there is physical and mental conditions that focus around the plot of the story, we see the storyteller suffering from fear, and other psychological conditions she states “So I take phosphates or phosphites-whichever it is, and tonics and journeys, and air, and workout, and am absolutely forbidden to work up until I am well once again.” (Gilman 766), this clearly demonstrates a mental condition.
However on the other hand I believe in the “Cask of Amontillado” I believe the mental condition of Montresor is produced by the abuse that he has actually received in the past years from Fortunato. In terms of unreliable storytellers, the two stories are comparable. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” the narrator, Montresor, seems to be confessing to the murder of Fortunato, potentially on his death bed, however the reader is never truly sure what is real and what has been fabricated by Montresor over the 50 years considering that the criminal offense took place. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the storyteller is also undependable.
We get bits of her story from a journal she has been keeping that narrates her descent into madness at her confinement in an upstairs bedroom at a home she and her other half are renting for a few months. Throughout her narration, the reader becomes mindful of several things that the narrator is not aware of, like her descent into madness. Considering that she is losing her grip on reality, we too much question her take on the occasions in the story like one may question Montresor’s interpretation of the events in “The Cask of Amontillado. In conclusion, I would like to mention that in either case, the mind is a really effective force that is capable of driving individuals in numerous different directions, we see individuals in these two stories demonstrating extremely odd habits for comparable factors, however they are completely different in fact. We see Montresor really commit murder And in the end of “The yellow wallpaper” we see the narrator in fact go outrageous.