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Subject READING JOURNAL OF "THE YELLOW
Posted by Nicole
Posted on Thu Oct 22 00:49:21 1998
From IP michelle.sedorm.fju.edu.tw  

I feel "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a lamentable story. The narrator was powerless and had no alternative
to live her own life and it caused the irretrievable outcome.
In the story, there was one thing that we should pay attention to be the relationship between the narrator
and her husband, John. The narrator must to be a submissive wife and obey everything her husband said.
Her husband didn't care about what his wife wanted or thought. He just treated she with his so-called love.
There were "John saysíK" all over the story and she was supposed to follow John's words without argument
and doubt. I thought it represented the unequal position between the husband and the wife and also between
men and women. In a family, the husband is always the householder and controls everything. The wife should
always conform to his husband's words. I think the author tried to express her malcontented about the unfair concept.
In the narrator's world, she felt to be isolated and with no contact with the outside world. There were many parts
of the story can prove it. One of them is on page 246: It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three
miles from the village. It makes me think of English places that you read about, for there are hedges and walls and gates
that lick, and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people. I think this paragraph foreshadowed the world
she had to live in. In the house, she was alone and had no friends and relatives. Her most intimate person, her husband,
didn't talk much to her and even didn't listen to her about her feelings, thoughts, or anything. She was very lonely and
helpless, and she had no choice to change her life. No wonder she was mad at last.
I think the woman behind the yellow wallpaper was a metaphor. The narrator saw herself in that woman. This woman
must hide her real emotion and creation, and her feelings, desire, and thoughts were never cared about and accepted. So
she referred the woman's shaking and struggling out. It projected what she really wants to do. She put her desire for freedom
into this woman.
The narrator said that she sometimes saw some woman creeping outside the window. I think that represented that women
are always trammeled by the society concept, and when they would do something they want, they must low down and try not
to be found.
The outcome was lamentable that the narrator was mad. I think at last, she felt she is the victor because she creeps over her
husband.

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