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The Yellow Wall paper

One of the most fascinating things about growing older is that the older you get, the more observative you become. You begin to see things as time itself, a collage of memory and projected ideas. The essence of things becomes a quest, an adventure, even. The conquest is not minimized by the lack of strength of the victory; instead it is relished for the strength of the victor. Personal conflict can lend itself to improvising any number of scenarios to escape the reality, or at least to make it more tolerable. In the story of The Yellow Wallpaper, we read of one desperate woman’s struggle to endure an undisclosed and possibly fatal illness. Her tale echoes across the ages, and the many billions who have succumbed with only their heart and intellect still intact.

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, this short story is an interesting one which allows the reader to become so involved, so captivated in the author’s thoughts and feelings that you literally delve into her mind and become what she is, if only for a short time. As apparent as it may be that some believe this story should have never been written it is clear to see that there are many things we go through in our daily lives that this could become something that we might, at some point, have to deal with ourselves. We all know that there are things we could admire and things we could justly do without. In the story “The Yellow-Wallpaper” the actual wallpaper becomes a tormenting, unrelentless chase for a simple grasp at one more accomplishment, one more fulfilled dream. The pursuit of longevity in every breath, and a sense of accomplishment that was what we could not do without. Universally, unequivocally, we all do well to examine the tentative in life, for we all will be one step slower someday. In this case, Charlotte’s ceaseless examination of the askewed…...

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