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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:

The Yellow Wallpaper

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"it sticketh closer than a brother..."   (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).

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