The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In 1892 Author, Poet, and Feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a heart gripping short story that would shock the world and bring awareness to a serious illness of depression called The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte was not just an ordinary author, she was intelligent, courageous, creative and also a social activist who believed in independent economic status for women. (Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Bio. Par. 4) Unfortunately, Charlotte also battled severe depression in her life time, and had to seek constant treatment for nervous breakdowns that would cloud her mind, she also brought light to her depressive illness by tapping into her deep inner-creative imagination. (Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Bio. Par. 3) Indeed Perkin’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper reflects the chaotic yet creative mind of Charlotte Perkins Gilman who was in a constant battle of sanity. Depression is a serious illness which the narrator battles and clouds her mind of normal thinking, but is often overlooked in a marriage that is entrenched in self-fulfillment and self-pleasures.
In the beginning of the short story the mood is set in a gothic and haunting manner that is sure to send chills down the spine and give the reader a sense of darkness that looms over the narrator. This darkness that is battled within her creates negative thoughts. She begins her journey gandering at a creepy yet romantic house that she describes as, “a colonial mansion that is haunted.” (Perkins-Gillman, Charlotte par. 2) Indeed, this is the first sign of her creative imagination that clouds her thinking and ultimately brings upon negative thoughts. However, these negative thoughts are not displayed by both partners, only the Narrator is suffering from her own imagination and nervous s...


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...sness of her illness.
Indeed, the short story The Yellow Wallpaper was a masterfully written story about a woman struggling with basic life tasks. Unfortunately, the author Charlotte Perkins Gilman was in constant battle thus writing this short story which does indeed reflect her own life and constant struggle with depression, women’s rights issues, and controlling men in her life. Fortunately, The Yellow Wallpaper was a story she wrote which has and still does bring awareness to all the issues in which the author was battling. Hopefully as a modern society we can analyze stories like this in aspiration of creating a better society that has care and compassion towards women struggling with depression. Sadly, after many years of divorce, struggle with depression, and breast cancer Charlotte committed suicide on August 17, 1935. (Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Bio. Par. 6)

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