The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination "And the lady of the house was seen only as she appears in each room, according to the nature of the lord of the room. None saw the whole of her, none but herself. For the light which she was was both her mirror and her body. None could tell the whole of her, none but herself" Laura Riding qtd. But they use that concept as a metaphor for their thesis, that women writers were isolated and treated with approbation. In most literature, attics are dark, dusty, seldom-visited storage areas, like that of the Tulliver house in The Mill on the Floss--a "great attic under the old high-pitched roof," with "worm-eaten floors," "worm-eaten.
Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic after Thirty Years
When a woman being treated for hysteria by her domineering spouse is forced to stay in a room with maddening yellow wallpaper, she is eventually driven insane, imagining a woman is trapped inside the pattern. She herself is trapped in a world where women are not taken seriously and are dismissed as hysterical. The unique point of view allows readers to see not only the internal feelings of a woman essentially imprisoned, but also the implications of writing such a diary and the moments when the woman is holding back or being held back. It must be admitted that there is a problem with having a first person narrator in a work of fiction.
Just as Conrad harbors racist ideologies toward Africa, he also reveals his fixed interpretations and biased male vision of women. What did I mention girl? Oh, she is out of it — completely. They, the woman I mean — are out of it — should be out of it. We must help them stay in that beautiful world of their own, lest our gestures get worse.