In "The Yellow Wallpaper", list 3 quotation that interest you and why for each quotation?

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cldbentley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I particularly like this story because it is so strange and intriguing.  It is difficult to choose just a few quotes that are interesting, since there are so many, but I did the best I could.

And she is all the time trying to climb through.  But nobody could climb through that pattern -- it strangles so...

To me, this passage seems to be symbolic of the narrator's attempts to overcome her mental illness and her inability to do so.  In describing the pattern as being strangling, the woman indicates that it has a great deal of malignant power over her.  By saying that "nobody could climb through that pattern," she also suggests a feeling of hopelessness.  Her view of the pattern and its characteristics reveals a great deal about her own mental health and its deterioration.

Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I like the second to last line of Gilman's, "The Yellow Wallpaper," because it demonstrates that the speaker has become, in her mind anyway, the woman in the wall.

"I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane.  And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!"

The woman, of course, is still in the room.  She's been made to stay there against her will by people who misunderstand her and her illness and women, in general.  She has not escaped.  But she has come to identify so strongly and obsessively with the woman she "sees" trapped in the wallpaper, that when she tears down most of the wallpaper, she feels that she, herself, has been released. 

She feels free, even though she is still confined.

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