Symbols in The Yellow Wallpaper
“The Yellow Wallpaper” has long been dissected by literary scholars for its abundant use of symbols. Many literary scholars consider the titular wallpaper a symbol of patriarchy that the narrator attempts to tear down. The nursery room with barred windows serves as a symbol for her imprisonment and isolation. Finally, the narrator’s mirror image in the wallpaper works as a symbol for the narrator’s repressed self who desires to be set free from domicility and female oppression.
Symbols Examples in The Yellow Wallpaper:
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"Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard...." See in text (The Yellow Wallpaper)
"It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw—not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things...." See in text (The Yellow Wallpaper)
"At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candle light, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars! The outside pattern I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be...." See in text (The Yellow Wallpaper)