Consider the significance of dialect in the analysis of voice in the story "The Yellow Wallpaper"

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 With the definition of dialect being "A variation of a given language spoken in a particular place or by a particular group of people" as defined by linguist Laura K. Lawless, the unnamed narrator of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" indicates different aspects of her personality.

  • Repression

As a woman in the Victorian Age who is the virtual property of her husband, the narrator has no real voice of her own regarding her treatment.  When she speaks of her condition, therefore, she loses her own voice and mimics that which is used by Dr. Weir Mitchell and her husband John. For, in her subservient position, the narrator repeats what she is told about herself,

If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter...but temporary nervous depression--a slight...

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