When describing the wallpaper, which acts as a symbol of the protagonist’s confinement, the author uses Proverbs 18:24. She alludes to the character’s need for self-reflection. By the quote, the author implies that the narrator needs to recognize her imprisonment and help herself.
The Yellow Wallpaper relies on symbolism and allusions to communicate female imprisonment. A large part of the story is dedicated to the wallpaper description. As the author uncovers, it plays a vital role in representing the main character’s struggle with identity. One of the descriptions includes a Bible verse “…and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” from Proverbs 18:24.
The allusion means that the paper is glued onto a wall and has a hidden meaning. The Bible implies that each person needs God as a savior. Unlike any brother, God is closer to the person’s soul. However, Gilman does not incorporate religion by using the passage. The savior that the author describes is the protagonist, while “brother” is her abusive family.
The quote foreshadows the character’s need for self-reflection to liberate herself from the husband. The author alludes to the fact that no one except women themselves should recognize and address their unfair treatment.