Exposition as the lighting hits it differently throughout

Exposition The narrator has been diagnosed with a mental illness after giving birth and according to her doctor and her husband, John, who is coincidentally also a doctor, resting and restricting her from any physical or mental activity will cure her. John rents a holiday home for the summer months as he thinks a change in surroundings will be best for the narrator. Some foreshadowing can be found when the narrator mentions the word “creepy”, this is potentially the beginning of her obsessive behaviour and her own final creeping. “John was asleep and I hated to waken him, so I kept still and watched the moonlight on that undulating wall-paper till I felt creepy.” (Perkins Gilman, C. 1892). Rising ActionThe narrator is instructed to do absolutely nothing for the time that she is there and is strictly supervised by John and his sister, Jennie. She continues secretly documenting her thoughts in her journal although her husband had prohibited it. She starts to lose her mind and sees the pattern in the yellow wallpaper moving. There is more foreshadowing here when the narrator is not fully aware of how insane she is actually becoming. “This bedstead is fairly gnawed!” (Perkins Gilman, C. 1892).ClimaxAs the time goes by, the narrator continues studying the patterns in the wallpaper as the lighting hits it differently throughout the day. The narrator also studies the wallpaper at night and thus, does not sleep anymore. She is captivated by the lady creeping around the room.Falling ActionThe narrator becomes obsessed with the lady in the wall, whom she identifies herself with, and begins to see her creeping in the gardens. The narrator begins to worry that John and Jennie are becoming suspicious of her. She locks herself in the room and throws the key outside, she then begins to strip the walls of the awful yellow wallpaper to try and set the lady free.ResolutionJohn returns home and threatens to break the door down if the narrator does not open it. She instructs him on where to find the key and the sight that met him once he opened the door, startled him. The narrator is now free despite John’s intentions. “”I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”” (Perkins Gilman, C. 1892). John faints and the narrator continues to creep around the room and over his body.Effect of the plot on readerThe narrator writes in a mysterious style and does not give us all of the information. We are left to wonder if everything that we are being told is actually true. A good example for this is the foreshadowing used in the rising action where she does not let us know that she is going insane but we are left to discover it after find that “This bedstead is fairly gnawed!” (Perkins Gilman, C. 1892).Reason for choiceI chose this story as I am fascinated by southern gothic tales. I enjoy classical feminist literature andGilman is able to write in a style and about topics that I can appreciate. Her work is very similar to my favourite poet, Sylvia Plath, and because of this, I find I am more intrigued by Gilman’s story.