The Yellow Wallpaper Critical Persuasive

The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story written in 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In later years the story was developed into a movie. The film follows closely to the script from the original story Gilman had wrote. However, many details and differences stand out.

These differences include the narrative point of view, character expansion, character addition, and symbols. The narrative point of view clearly differs between the story and the film. The original text is expressed through the first person point of view.While reading the short story there is a sense that charlotte is speaking directly to the reader, leading to a complete understanding of her thoughts and actions. There is a more focused look into the main character. The other characters in the story are simply mentioned through charlottes own thoughts.

The film however, is scripted through the third person point of view. The viewer receives a general knowledge on all characters. Unlike the short story, the viewer is not able to get into charlottes mind. This is just one example of the distinct differences between the story and film.A look into character expansion also confirms the difference between the short story and the film.

The original text from The yellow wallpaper does not include many characters. Characters do not have any lines or pivotal roles in the story as their parts are merely mentioned. All characters are expressed strictly through Charlotte and are therefore assumed. The film does not follow this characteristic and is developed through the third person point of view. Each character has their own role in the movie.

This is proved when Charlotte’s husband John delivers a speech while away from his wife for business matters.Jennie, who serves as a housewife and sister to John, plays a much larger role in the movie as well. She often has conversations with Charlotte in scenes that help fill a better understanding to the viewer. Another look into characters may also provide differences between both of these pieces of work. Character addition can also show that the story and movie have taken two different approaches. The short story keeps the focus on Charlotte and her thoughts.

Not many characters are described or introduced. The film however, adds a new character that plays a minor role.This character is a little girl. She is seen many times riding her bike in and out of scenes. She also plays a role in determining another difference between both the short story and the film. Many symbols can be found in The yellow wallpaper and share similar meanings.

However, the symbol of madness is expressed differently at times. In the Short Story, Charlotte’s hallucinations are based on a woman who she says “moves” the wallpaper at night. In the film, Charlotte constantly witnesses a little girl crawling around in the garden.It is never determined if she is hallucinating because she appears to be the only person to view such an action, but nonetheless is suggested. Although the same fact may be expressed, it is undoubtedly shown through a different symbol. In conclusion, there is an ample amount of evidence to confirm the differences between the short story and the film.

Although both versions are very similar, contrasts can be determined while looking at the narrative point of view. Also the ideas of character expansion, character addition, and method of developing symbols can prove this statement.