How can I prove some of the literary terms in "The Yellow Wallpaper"? I have to write a paper and my teacher is of no assistance and I have no idea how to use the literary terms in order to prove the...

How can I prove some of the literary terms in "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

I have to write a paper and my teacher is of no assistance and I have no idea how to use the literary terms in order to prove the central theme of mental illness ailments in the 19th century.

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Concerning your question about "The Yellow Wallpaper," you mention the literary terms, but don't list any.  I'll assume you can use any literary terms, then.

Conflict is one term you could center on.  The conflict centers on treatment that could actually help the female patient and the sexist, ignorant treatment prescribed by her doctor and husband and the male medical establishment at the time.  Males believed that females were intellectually inferior and that overuse of the female mind could lead to mental illness.  Thus, the patient in the story is ordered to not write or think, etc.  This directly contributes to the escalation of the woman's break from reality.  Kept from any intellectual stimulation at all, the woman's intelligent, creative mind seeks any possible outlet for activity. 

Conflict, of...

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