Personification in The Yellow Wallpaper
Personification is a figure of speech in which the author gives a thing, an animal or an idea human attributes. Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses personification frequently throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper.” The narrator constantly gives the wallpaper human characteristics, viewing it as a living entity. The personification of the wallpaper helps track and provide insight into the narrator’s mental state throughout the story.
Personification Examples in The Yellow Wallpaper:
Notice how Gilman begins to personify the wallpaper through her use of a saying drawn from the King James Bible: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).