"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1890 and eventually published in 1892 in the New England Magazine and in William Dean Howells' collection, Great Modern American Stories (Shumaker 94). The story was original not only because of its subject matter, but also because it is written in the form of a loosely connected journal. It follows the narrator's private thoughts which become increasingly more confusing. The structure consists of disjointed sentences as the narrator gradually descends more and more into her madness as her only escape from an oppressive husband and society.
In "The Yellow Wallpaper" the narrator is a young woman who has moved into a strange old mansion with her psychiatrist husband. She is confined to her room as part of her treatment for a nervous breakdown. Isolated and forbidden to express herself creatively, she becomes obsessed with the garish yellow wallpaper. She becomes convinced there are women trapped behind the hideous pattern and eventually becomes lost in her delusions trying to free them (Gilman 1-15).
Charlotte Perkins Gilman originally sent her story to William Dean Howells who showed it to Atlantic Monthly editor Horace Scudder who sent it back to Gilman unpublished, saying, "I could not forgive myself if I made others as miserable as I made myself' (Shumaker 194). When Howells published the story in his own collection he described it as, "terrible and too wholly dire . . . too terribly good to be published" (Shoemaker 194). "The Yellow Wallpaper" hit a nerve with nineteenth-century readers as it went beyond a horror story and presented a damning portrait of the damaging role o...
... middle of paper ...
...w Wallpaper." "The Yellow Wallpaper" and other Stories. New York:
Dover Publications, 1997. 1-15.
Hedges, Elaine R. Afterword. The Yellow Wallpaper. 1973: 37-63. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism 9.
Detroit: Gale: 1988.
Pringle, Mary Beth. " La poetique de Fespace' in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's `The Yellow Wallpaper''' The
French-American Review. 3 (1979): 15-22.
Schopp-Schilling, Beate. "' The Yellow Wallpaper': A Rediscovered Realistic Story."' American Literary
Realism 1870-1910. 8 (1975): 107-108.
Shumaker, Conrad. "'Too Terribly Good to Be Printed': Charlotte Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper'" American
Literature. 57 (1985): 194-198.
Treichler, Paula A. "Escaping the Sentence: Diagnosis and Discourse in The Yellow Wallpaper"' Tulsa Studies
in Women's Literature. 3 (1984): 61-77.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The Yellow Wallpaper; a Feminist Work The Women’s Suffrage Movement was a huge epidemic that involved people all around the world. Women simply wanted to receive the amount of appreciation and respect that the men did. The Yellow Wall-Paper was published in January on 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was not only known for her writing, but also her Women’s Rights activism. The timeline of the Women’s Suffrage Movement took place throughout the years of 1848 to 1920. Due to the way that the narrators’ husband, John, treated her while being ill in The Yellow Wall-paper, it is thought that this shorty story was written to highlight the problems for women during this time period.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1002 words (2.9 pages)
- “I never saw a worse paper in my life. One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.” Just like anyone’s first impression of a misfit, Jane from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper” is unsettled by the wallpaper in her room from the first time she lays eyes on it. A misfit being someone, or something in this case, that doesn’t fit in, explains why the yellow wallpaper is the misfit character in this story. Society views those who differ as deviants, and “normal” people are expected not to accept these misfit characters for what they are.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1972 words (5.6 pages)
- “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Gilman was born on 1860 and die in 1935. This story was illustrated on l892. “The Yellow Wallpaper” took place in a colonial mansion which look like hunted house according to the Jennie. Inside the mansion there was all kind of things that made the mansion look like it was used for mental health. Jennie husband john didn’t let her out the house. Time pass by and she became crazy and started saying she was the lady in the yellow wallpaper.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
761 words (2.2 pages)
- Is unusual, unusual behavior actually normal behavior. This is actually an important question to ask when it comes to postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is an illness like heart disease. Anyone can get this illness, it doesn 't matter how smart, successful or religious you are. An example of people who may get this disease, but not limited to are women who 've given birth. They may experience loss of interest, feeling irritable, feeling restless, hard time falling asleep or staying awake.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1653 words (4.7 pages)
- Trapped Within "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a confusing piece of writing; there were many hidden messages that leaves the reader wondering if the narrator/protagonist, who went unnamed throughout the story, suffers from some type of nervous depression, mental issues, or she just was living under society ways. The narrator showed signs of hallucination throughout the story; like having seen an imaginary woman in a wallpaper that she would later compare too . She was left going back and fourth contemplating whether to stay in the nursery that she placed in to help better her condition.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1252 words (3.6 pages)
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman has a tone of a mentally ill women who worsens while under the thumb of her husband who is her doctor first and husband second. She numerously attempts to reveal her true, current state of mind to her husband but he shows that he thinks he knows best. The internal conflict of being better but not being heard leads to her ultimate breakdown and shock to her husband, John. Everyone has experience this type conflict, whether concealed or disclosed to another, of trying to convey your true feelings but not getting the results you need to progress properly.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
835 words (2.4 pages)
- Have you ever been locked in a dark closet. You fumble about trying to feel the door knob, straining to see a thin beam of light coming from underneath the door. As the darkness devours you, you feel as if you will choke to death if not let out immediately. There is a sensation of helplessness and hopelessness. Loneliness, caused by oppression, is like the same darkness that overtakes its victim in the short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's "The Yellow Wallpaper”, it is about a women battling postpartum depression during the late 19th century.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
733 words (2.1 pages)
- In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is about a woman who struggling with her inner self. Her husband John who is a doctor believed she only had a “temporary nervous depression” and the cure for it was “rest cure” (Gilman). He isolated her from everyone including the real world maybe because of her mental state and what would the people think or say about her. They had to pretend to live the perfect life in front of others while she suffered in silence. She was taken to a house for the summer that she described as “It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three miles from the village.” She was taken to a place isolated and far from her family and... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
1085 words (3.1 pages)
- What drives one to insanity. There are, of course, many possibilities. Stress, for one, could do it. Regret is another that has lead down that treacherous path. In the case of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the protagonist’s root cause of insanity is not expressed openly, but when observed in more detail, it becomes apparent. The unnamed female protagonist of this short story initially seems to have little to no impaired cognitive function. She writes very clearly and understandably.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]
874 words (2.5 pages)
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Charlotte Perkins Gilman's, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a partial autobiography. It was written shortly after the author suffered a nervous breakdown. This story was written to help save people from being driven crazy. Appropriately, this short story is about a mentally disturbed woman and her husband's attempts to help her get well. He does so by convincing her that solitude and constant bed rest is the best way to cure her problem.... [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper]
1488 words (4.3 pages)