The Yellow Wallpaper
First published in 1892, The Yellow Wall-Paper is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the... show more
First published in 1892, The Yellow Wall-Paper is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper – a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, The Yellow Wall-Paper stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman’s descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women.Suggested for course use in:Family studiesFeminist thoughtHistory of medicine19th-century U.S. literaturePsychologyCharlotte Perkins Gilman (1860 - 1935) was a feminist writer, lecturer, and activist. Her many other works include Herland and Women and Economics.
Publish date: 2014-08-05
Edition language: English
1892? Really? Damn, this was good. This is how short stories are suppose to be done. Creepy. Building dread. Subtle terror and growing madness. Excellent!
From the first page (and I think this gives a good idea of the story's direction):"If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression,—a slight hysterical tendency,—what is one to do?...
I keep filling that bingo card a bit randomly.. The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Dawn Harvey I came across a different narration of the yellow wallpaper and I loved it. The narrator's voice nailed the creepy factor and even though I knew the story I loved every minute of it. Here i...
Oh, my. Oh, my. oh my oh my oh my oh my. I've never been so happy to get out of someone's head. This was almost brutal in it's relentless descent. Quite a feat for a mere 45 pages. “There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.” There is a lot to be said with t...
After reading so many reviews and comments here, I ordered a free Kindle edition of The Yellow Wallpaper and read it comfortably in less than half an hour. As depressing as it was, it didn't have the ending I anticipated once I knew she had a rope and a chair. I could easily see this expanded in...