The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman, is a feminist short story. It is about a woman who is mentally ill and gets misdiagnosed by her controlling husband. He puts her in a room saying doing nothing will cure her. While in the room she becomes captivated by the yellow wallpaper. She starts to see a trapped woman in the wallpaper.
Interpretation of “The Yellow Wallpaper” Domineering and neglectful spouse causes his wife to lose her sanity. This is a story about how a woman’s arrogant husband drives her to insanity by forcing her to spend so much time alone. After spending months in her bedroom looking at yellow wallpaper which she despises, her imagination begins taking over her mind. She believes a woman is trapped inside of it. By the end of the story she actually thinks she is the woman who had been trapped in the wallpaper and has finally escaped from it.
She levels with the woman because she is trapped behind bars(on her windows), while the figure is trapped behind the wretched designs. At the end of the story when she completes her removing of the wallpaper it seems as if she believes she has freed herself from John saying, "I've got out at last in spite of you and Jane (p. 36). It is not known who Jane is but it could be her name. This would mean she has driven herself to the point where she is so mad that she now believes she is the woman from the wallpaper. She could also be referring to the housekeeper, or someone not mentioned.
She is not allowed "to engage in normal social conversation" because there is "the possibility of over-stimulating intellectual discussion." Writing, the one thing that she loves to do and longs to do most, is forbidden. This woman is confined to her room; a room that is not pleasurable by any means. The yellow wallpaper is the feature that seems to be the most perplexing. As the days go by, the "wallpaper comes to occupy the narrator's entire reality" until "she rips it from the walls to reveal its real meaning."
The narrator feels that she is very ill, but is always dismissed by her husband and brother. The story is about a woman who confines in a room with barred windows, the room has sinister and unpleasant yellow wallpaper. The narrator incessantly looks wallpaper and she develops a figure of women trapped with the bars in the wallpaper. The narrator sees the women in the wallpaper crawling and extremely shaking the pattern bars, she tries to break because
At this point in the story, the narrator now feels unsafe outside of the room and tells John she refuses to leave when the summer rental is up. The mental state of the woman is in serious question as she now locks herself in the room, saying "for outside you have to creep on the ground, and everything is green instead of yellow. But here I can creep smoothly on the floor, and my shoulder just fits in that long smooch around the wall, so I cannot lose my way." Her sanity is now in an extremely fragile state as she comes to believe that she too is trapped inside the yellow walls. The yellow wallpaper represents many things.
She sees this woman struggling against the paper's "bars". Later in her madness she imagines there to be many women lost in its "torturing" pattern, trying in vain to climb through it. The woman caught in the wallpaper seems to parallel the narrator's virtual imprisonment by her well-meaning husband. While the narrator's perception of the wallpaper reveals her increasing madness, it effectively symbolizes the struggle of women who attempt to break out of society's feminine standards. The narrator writes furtively in her room, having to hide her writing from her family.
The setting of the room symbolizes the loneliness the narrator is undergoing. The narrator has her mind encased that there is a woman struggling and in her solitary room, she feels its true and she is even seen fighting for her. The author used the room to symbolize what the main character was going through all alone in the isolated estate where she was brought by her husband. The yellow paper played a distinct reason for the narrator’s madness. In her writings, she explains that the more she became insane, the more the wall paper became a big issue to her that is why she smudged ultimately.
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, a woman suffering from postpartum depression is prescribed a “rest cure”. She is forced to stay in a room with yellow wallpaper which She says is “committing every artistic sin” (Gilman 419). The woman convinces herself that there is a woman trapped in the yellow wallpaper, and it is her job to free and catch her. She begins to mix reality with fantasy and she unknowingly becomes suicidal and drives herself mad. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” uses dialogue, narration, and symbolism to show that women are not taken seriously when it comes to mental health.
The Yellow Wallpaper In the grips of depression and the restrictions prescribed by her physician husband a woman struggles with maintaining her sanity and purpose. As a new mother and a writer, and she is denied the responsibility and intellectual stimulation of these elements in her life as part of her rest cure. Her world is reduced to prison-like enforcement on her diet, exercise, sleep and intellectual activities until she is "well again". As she gives in to the restrictions and falls deeper into depression, she focuses on the wallpaper and slides towards insanity. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story written from a first-person perspective about a young woman's mental deterioration during the 1800's and the adverse affects of the restriction place on her.