Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s literary work “The Yellow Wallpaper” expresses a dominating relationship between a husband and a compliant wife and her gradual decent into insanity. The wife, suffering from postpartum depression, is secluded from societal influences in attempts to return her to a healthier state of mind. She is not allowed to write or think in her isolated room and over a course of three months becomes more dysfunctional as she is entrapped in what she describes as a former nursery. Her determination to go against her husband’s and physician’s restrictions ultimately makes her surrender into madness because it symbolizes her escape from oppression and resistance from the treatment she is subjected to. Critics may claim that the insanity that the wife suffers from was not the cause of her treatments but existed early in her childhood and that the room in which she occupies is in an insane asylum.
By looking at The Yellow Wallpaper, show how the writer achieves an atmosphere of uncertainty and curiosity. The author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman has invented a narrator who is mentally disabled to tell the story. Charlotte Perkins Gilman is talking about a woman who is ill and is slowly suffering in a room because we believe that she may be anorexic so she is put in the room with the yellow wall paper. We learn about her husband John who is a doctor. The woman can not seem to communicate wit her husband about how she feels because he would not believe her anyway.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s powerful story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, is about a woman who was driven to madness by her depression and controlling husband. The story is told by the wife, in first person, and is based on Gilman’s own life experience. Gilman suffered from post-partum depression after her daughter was born and was prescribed the “resting cure” which is resting and isolation. In the story, the narrator’s husband puts her in isolation because he believes that will cure her of her depression and breakdowns. He won’t let her do anything, so she turns to writing in her secret journal to try and cure her depression.
By using perspective, setting and irony Gilman paints a picture of how many women are imprisoned by masculine authorities also realistic picture of the problem in human societies, gender role and marriage of African-Americans in Civil War Medicine. From the beginning of the story, the narrator mentions that her husband do not understand what she wants and takes her opinions seriously. The narrator states in the sentences, “No wonder the children hated it! I should hate it myself if I have to live in this room long” (Gilman 298). She says that the children hated this room and if she has to stay in this room, she has to hate it too.
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.
As the story progresses, narrator’s illness worsens. Gilman states her “nervous troubles are dreadfully depressing” and her husband does not know how... ... middle of paper ... ...short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman uses first person point of view to allow her audience to completely connect with the young woman during her mental deterioration. The chosen point of view allows readers to know the woman’s deepest secrets, emotions, and beliefs. Through Gilman’s descriptions of the house, the wallpaper, and the narrator’s depression, it is shown that the narrator loses her connection with reality after moving into the house. The house’s wallpaper resulted in the narrator’s imagination spiraling out of control and her treatment failing.
Analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman The "Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Gilman is a great story about the repression of women in the late 1800's but is still representative of issues faced by women today. She writes from her own personal experiences and conveys a message that sometimes in a male dominated society women suffer from the relentless power that some men implement over women. The narrator is suffering from a mild depression that her physician husband has prescribed complete bed rest in order for her to recover. During their summer vacation, she is confined to a room at the top of the house where she can see the world passing her by day in and day out. Her brother who is also a physician concurs with her husband's prescription leaving her with no option but to succumb to the torment of being left alone in the room with the yellow wallpaper.
This quote shows the woman’s inconsistency with reality as she does not recognize that her husband had brought her to an asylum in order to “cure” her illness. Her husband explicitly explains to the woman that the place he is taking her only has “one window and not room for two beds” further displaying how he will isolate her from society and the family. Her unwillingness to realize her husbands intentions, displays her blindness to her own repression in her marriage. In addition, the woman explains how much she enjoys writing in order to explain her own thoughts and feelings because she is not allowed to say them out loud. She goes on to say that her husband,” hates to have [her] write a word” and hurriedly tries to hide away her notebook (Gilman ___).
While she is in this room, her health gets worse and worse but her husband thinks she is getting better and that she is just imagining things. In John S. Bak’s article, he explains the room as a drain to the women’s life because she has locked is this room and has no options on leaving. Bak explains how the room with the wallpaper can, “reduce an artistic and articulate woman to be a beast, tipped entirely of her sanity and humanity and left crawling on all fours in circuits, or smooches about the room” (Bak 39-40). In his article, he explains how Elain Hedges on interpretation on feminist and how she portrays the wallpaper that is living inside the narrator as spirit. Hedges on view during 1973 that the “paper symbolizes her situation as seen by the men who control her and hence her situation as seen by herself (Afterword 51), a view echoed by later critics” (Bak 40).
The Yellow Wallpaper, written by Charlotte Gilman, is fictional story based off of her own experiences as a woman in the Victorian era. Gilman depicts a woman, the Narrator of the story, who is in a fairly constant process of mental degradation throughout. The narrator is in a position where she lacks control of her own life, because of the social standing that women held at the time, below men. Her husband, a Physician, has brought her to a country house to provide her with country air and seclusion from people, which he believes will relieve her of nervous depression, though she doesn’t believe it is the treatment that she needs. Author Charlotte Gilman also talks about her own ordeal with a similar treatment to the narrator in Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper, while writer Barbara Hochman discusses the underlying symbol that is the wallpaper in The Reading Habit and “The Yellow Wallpaper”.