The Yellow Wallpaper Reading Response

This is a fictional story, in timeless kind, has a plot, a setting, a cast of characters, and a viewpoint in which the story is told. The conflict of this story is the battle of Jane versus her partner and after that later her struggle against the wallpaper itself. Nevertheless, it is the way in which the story is informed and the unforeseen conclusion at the end of it that make it unique and part of the 19th century.

The setting of this story happens during the summertime in a leased home that John has obtained so that the narrator may rest and recover again.

The story occurs about the time in which it was written, in the late 19th century. Your home is a colonial estate, which our narrator rapidly informs us she thinks is haunted. It is in a rural setting surrounded by gardens and woods with “a charming shaded winding road” leading up to the mansion. The primary setting, which the narrator explains, is the space in which she remains. She enters into specific information as she carefully explains the yellow wallpaper which consumes a growing number of her attention. The wallpaper ends up being a moving jail to our main character, while other characters, like John, hardly appear to notice its existence.

There are few characters in this story, but each one plays an essential role in giving the reader insight into the mind of the writer and enabling the reader to come to a deeper understanding of the significance of the story. Jennie, a flat character and foil of the main character, is the primary character’s sister-in-law and is the caretaker of the home. She is the “perfect and passionate housemaid and expects no much better occupation” who serves as a substitute partner for John’s conventional household view. She is the locked up lady who is completely great with her prison, even blaming the narrator’s illness on her untraditional thinking and writing.

John, who is also a flat character, is the primary character’s other half and is the archetype of the 19th century white male. He is an effective “practical physician” who treats his other half more like a patient than he does an equal partner. John is a representative picture of the dominant sunlight, which in the story keeps the female behind strict bars and prevents her from being free or imaginative. Though the storyteller never explicitly informs us her name, the very end of the story says, “‘I have actually gone out at last,’ stated I, ‘in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!” This is a clear indication to me that the narrator’s name is Jane, as revealed by the crazy female (Jane) who now thinks she was the one in the wallpaper. The storyteller of the story, Jane, is the main character and is a round character that is fully developed. She is representative of the female imprisoned, disappointed with being simply the submissive maid. Jane resembles the less dominant moon, which in the story allows the bars of the wallpaper to move and release the female in the wallpaper from her daytime prison. We are provided an insight into Jane’s mind and viewpoints through her writings in her journal.

This story is told in first-person narrative. Nevertheless, it is not in standard story type, but it is constructed as if we are reading the concealed journal of the Jane who is telling, us alone, all her intimate ideas. This likewise allows for the time-lapse in which the story skips over weeks at a time allowing the reader to acquire an understanding of what is going on without having to check out mundane and unimportant details. The chronological order of the journal also lends to it looking like if it might be an actual journal the audience reads.

Although The Yellow Wallpaper has all the parts of the average imaginary story such as plot, a setting, characters, and is even informed in a fairly typical perspective, the dazzling writing of the story integrated with the distinct method which it exists, produce an amazing story that keeps the reader’s attention. The story is also a deep insight into the author’s world and time revealing her own personal viewpoint. It is this imaginative writing, coupled with deep significance and veiled in fascinating writing, which assures this literary work will continue to stay a trademark of fiction.