Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper” is a rather intriguing piece of literature that is set out as a short story yet comes out as a piece of the literal journal of a woman under “rest cure” bored, and restricted in her movements in and out of her house by her physician husband. While making The Yellow Wallpaper Analysis Essay, it is imperative that one first reads and internalizes the book, delve into the mind of the author and visualize what she went through that made her undertake the task of writing such a piece.
Writing an analysis of any book is quite a challenging task and more often than not most people do not know where to start and how to go about it. The following tips, if followed and expounded will help anyone interested in making an analysis essay on the Yellow Wallpaper.
Key points and sections to focus on
- Develop your thesis as meticulously as possible trying to put your ideas into the book that you are analyzing in a few words that leave your reader interested in going deeper into your analysis and eventually getting a copy of the book and reading it. Put in a few direct quotes from the book or anecdotes that would help develop an intriguing introduction.
- While writing the body paragraphs of your analysis, it is vital that all aspects and facets of the book setting are discussed and analyzed so that the reader of the novel has a general overview of the book even before he literally reads it. Understand the setting of the story as it unfolds, getting the narrator’s viewpoint and perception and that of the other characters in the story. Analyzing each of the points and characters separately brings out a more organized piece of work rather than ramming all points together in a rush.
- As you go through the book in a bid to understand it and hence do a proper analysis, it is critical that one identifies the literal devices used. Such devices include but not limited to symbolism, allusion, diction, epigraph, imagery, and personification. In this way, if any if the true intent of their work is hidden you can be able to unearth it and even be able to understand the goings-on in the world around the author at the time she put pen to paper. Of importance also are the literally terms used in the text including the metaphors, similes, and hyperbole that could have been used and if not keenly followed one might miss the true story altogether by misinterpreting the concepts therein.
Supporting argument to include
- Though the book was published towards the end of the nineteenth century, the analysis should be in the present tense and as much as possible in the third person thus one should desist from bringing their feelings in the analysis unless of course, it is within the limitations of the assignment at hand.
- Lest you miss out on some key points or overlook important facts from the book, reference from texts and discussions of the book by other authors should be made. This, however, should not be misconstrued as a license to copy from them; rather it is like a third eye into the text you are analyzing.
- Book analysis and summarizing a book are two totally different tasks and should never be confused or used interchangeably. Keep the book within reach so that if need be during the analysis reference can be made.
- As stated earlier, move with the narrator through the book and taking care not to confuse the words or actions of a character with the thoughts or narrations of the narrator. In this way, it will be easy to develop and understand the book’s theme, see the actions in the eye of the narrator, move to climax with her such that even when she suffers depression and eventual insanity, you are ‘there’ and fully understand the situation.
The tips if followed will lead to some good literally work of book analysis that will definitely be a worthwhile reading and would score handsomely in any assignment.