The Yellow Wallpaper, discussion assignment help

please respond THOUGHTFULLY to either A , B or C

 What might you add to those students’ response?  What questions might you pose in order to prompt further thought?  

Responding with “I like what you said”, “I thought the same thing as you did” or “I agree” simply will not fulfill the requirements for this part of the assignment, nor will repeating the bulk of your original posting.  Basically, you should have a discussion with your classmates.  

Choose EITHER  A , B or C

A.  The Yellow Wallpaper

 The Yellow Wallpaper’s setting is in the nineteenth century at a summer home. The story mainly takes place in one of the bedrooms of the summer home. The narrator who has been told she is a nervous patient is driven insane due to this yellow wallpaper in the room. Her husband had plans to repaper the room but changed his mind because he felt that once the room was repapered she would find something else that was wrong and so on. She continues to write in a journal no one knows she has because her husband feels that her time should be spent resting. She tries and fails to convince her husband to take her away. He doesn’t realize how wrong he was about her treatment until it’s too late. He faints after finding her creeping in the room.

 The author uses this setting to support the mood and to introduce the characters. I think the historical setting is very important. This story took place in the nineteenth century when little was known about mental health. Especially when it came to women whose symptoms were swept under the table or underrated. Women were thought to be weak and fragile. I understood why the narrator took his word, and never tried to leave on her own even though she knew she was getting worse. In this time period women did not do such things. The narrator states “it is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he love me so.” The geographical setting is also important because the narrator describes the house as “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 lock, and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people.” It’s a fancy house, yes, but more saliently, it stands back away from the road and contains many “locks” and “separate little houses.” This place sounds very secluded much like the narrator. It tells the reader she spent a lot of time by herself.

B. The Yellow Wallpaper

In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the author uses the setting of this story to depict a women with a mental illness and her constant battle within herself. The scene is set at “A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate…” (Gilman) in a room upstairs with horrible wallpaper. Not a regular kind of wallpaper, but “One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.” (Gilman) This wallpaper was the key aspect of the story because it was not only wallpaper; it would also change into the woman mind. With this wallpaper the author was able to set the tone of the story as well as keep the change subtle until the end. There are three subtle changes in the wallpaper that reflect the woman’s mental stability. The first is when the woman said “The front pattern does move – and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it.” (Gilman) The second change is when the main character went to help the woman behind the wallpaper, and in doing so “had peeled off yards of that paper.” (Gilman) The final change was when the main character believed it was her inside of the wallpaper. The author used the wallpaper to transition from actual reality to the reality that was inside the woman’s head.  By keeping the reader so focused on the actual wallpaper itself the author was able to use that wallpaper as the transition and tone for the story. The wallpaper is the most important aspect of this story’s setting, because this is where the main character spends most of her time slipping slowly into madness. The author also uses a few other settings such as windows, gardens, and open fields to further display the main characters mental instability. The main character goes on to say that she has seen the woman creeping in every window. She also said “I have watched her sometimes away off in the open country, creeping as fast as a cloud shadow in a high wind.” (Gilman)  The author is using this setting to unveil that at this point the main charters mind is running away with her. The wallpaper setting is the key that the author uses to convey the slippery slope that the main characters mind is on.

C.  B-Kugelmass Espisode

  The theme of escape figures into the “Kugelmass Episode” in several distinct ways. Starting with the characters Kugelmass and Emma, who are both figuratively and literally escaping their current realities. Both Kugelmass and Emma feel as if they are unhappy due to a lack of options, and being selfish characters they pursued escape. This option is never actually a solution, avoiding problems has not and could not solve their dilemma. The one voice of reason in this book is Dr. Mandel, states what the readers already know, “An affair will solve nothing. You are so unrealistic. Your problems run much deeper.” To work on fixing their marriages or divorce and move on with their lives would be the right decision, but like most human decisions the characters choose destruction. The initial interaction, sets the tone for a looming conflict. We probably all guessed that Kugelmass would most likely end up ignoring the warning to his own downfall, and the story did not fail to deliver.

  The most difficult part of the story is understanding how Pesky came into the picture. For example, the plot does not actually describe Kugelmass searching for a magician. Kugelmass did not know Pesky even questioned who he was.

Persky. Or should I say The Great Persky?”

“Pardon me?”

  The tone of the initial conversation between Persky and Kugelmass is what allows the reader to assume Kugelmass had been seeking out help until he could achieve his goal of cheating on his wife. Otherwise, we as readers would have to ask ourselves if the interaction is in fact real or a figment of Kugelmass’s imagination. Both of these possibilities would initially serve as a sufficient escape from what Kugelmass perceives as his problem. The only issue would be that if the reader knows the events are in Kugelmass’s mind, it would not be as exciting a story. This is because anyone can make up a story, but if this was happening in real life readers would be intrigued. We can step back and wonder what it would be like in our lives to have a transport to another reality.

   “At the same moment, he appeared in the bedroom of Charles and Emma Bovary’s house at Yonville,” descriptions like this help separate settings. This is apparent because we already know that the house in Yonville is a made up setting from a book. Descriptions of imagery like this is critical for readers when blending two different worlds in our minds.. This distinction of worlds quickly fades as Emma is taken from the book, ensuring readers will find it difficult to separate the story from the book setting she is from. I interpreted this as a display by the author to show the continuing of Kugelmass to blur right and wrong.

  Escape did not solve the original issue of being unhappy with his marriage. While Kugelmass only avoided his original problem, he created new problems. Persky is dead and he is now trapped in what he thinks is an escape. The worst part of the situation is that Kugelmass does not yet realize he is trapped. The resolution of the story is that escape is not a solution. That even being involved in shady dealings can lead to more problems, even death.  

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