The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper Madness Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Section.Paragraph)
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.
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.