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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Madness Quotes

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Quote #4

On a pattern like this, by daylight, there is a lack of sequence, a defiance of law, that is a constant irritant to a normal mind. (6.1)

Since her mind has nothing else in the world to focus on, the narrator is driven to an obsession with the wallpaper. Here she is still in her normal mind (or is she?), but her brain – for lack of any other occupation – soon fixates on the wallpaper to an unhealthy degree.

Quote #5

Life is very much more exciting now than it used to be. You see I have something more to expect, to look forward to, to watch. I really do eat better, and am more quiet than I was. (7.1)

This is arguably the moment in the story at which the narrator has truly lost her sanity.

Quote #6

"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!" (12.49)

The narrator believes that she is liberated, but at this point, she has also lost her sanity. Can we trust what she says?

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