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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins…

The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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With still so many unresolved questions, The Yellow Wallpaper keeps its power.

Was the doctor husband totally without bad intentions?
If no, why did he not respond to his wife's simple request NOT to stay in the upstairs nursery with the awful peeling wallpaper?

Did her writing actually cause her to become more upset? or was this a thing he just wanted to control?

If she could make it outside for daily walks, why does she keep insisting that her husband would not allow her to DO anything?
She could have gardened! fed birds! found a pet! followed the wildlife! dug a pond!

So this descent into madness felt more like the choices of an unstable mind rather than an intent by her husband and his sister to drive her insane. ( )
  m.belljackson | Jul 26, 2018 |
Wow, this is a powerful short-story that makes quite a statement about insanity, the need of a woman to have choices and independence, and the unintentional cruelties of those who fail to listen or acknowledge another's suffering. I was stunned by how much Gilman managed to say in so few pages.

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  phantomswife | Jul 6, 2018 |
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; (5*)

This little book is perfection. It is a stark & bare 36 pages & a beyond perfect 5 star read for me. It is the tale of a young woman, told from her POV, falling into the pit of madness. She is unknowingly helped along by her husband who is a doctor & others who should know better.

It begins as the husband takes an isolated house for them for the summer. He feels that his wife will get better if she doesn't have many distractions. His sister Jane comes along to help care for the woman.

She spends her days on the top floor of the house alone for the most part yearning to write but her husband doesn't think that writing is a good thing for her to be doing now. She needs to rest, not worry nor concern herself with anything and get well. He doesn't like her walking out for it may tire her and she needs to be resting.

The room upstairs is papered with ugly yellow wallpaper. Within the pattern of the wallpaper she sees changes occurring as the light changes. New shoots seem to grow within the pattern and forms appear to undulate in the paper. It changes day by day. The woman begins to see faces within the paper and as her madness deepens she thinks that the woman comes out and walks on the pathway outside the house.

Her husband thinks that she is getting better because as she gets deeper & deeper into the wallpaper she becomes happier, begins eating again. He doesn't know it is because she has found something with which to occupy her time and thoughts and that actually she is falling deeper & deeper into a world of madness.

This book is genius. I am so thankful that I picked it up. Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a brilliant author. I hope she has written a great many books for there is a hunger in the pit of my gut for more such as this. ( )
  rainpebble | Jul 3, 2018 |
Manja a correlação da mulher liberta versus o enclausuramento dos corpos pelo viés da loucura? Esse é o exato ponto que aborda o livro, situado no fim do século XIX com a grande massa de mulheres "histéricas" sendo internadas simplesmente para tolir o direito à liberdade e confiscar demais direitos que hoje nos parece legítimos, mas que na era vitoriana não existiam. ( )
  Adriana_Scarpin | Jun 12, 2018 |
I loved the book. It is not something that used happen to women in 80s. This story is true in today's time as well. Women's mental health and intellectual views have been ignored from a very long time. This book expresses it beautifully. ( )
  nalinisriv | Jun 11, 2018 |
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Gilman, Charlotte Perkinsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hedges, Elaine R.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Farrell, MaggieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.
There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.
It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.
Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.
He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction.
The color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.
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This is the short story, including the Feminist Press Reprint No. 3 edition (1973) and Virago Modern Classic No. 50 (1981). Please do NOT combine with any anthology or other collection, but only with other editions confirmed as having the same contents. Thank you.
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"The Yellow Wallpaper" is about a woman who suffers from mental illness after three months of being trapped within her home staring at the same revolting yellow wall paper. Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote this story to change people's minds about the role of women in her society, illustrating how women's lack of autonomy is detrimental to their mental, emotional, and even physical well being. The narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" must do as her husband and male doctor demand, though the treatment they prescribe to her contrasts directly with what she truly needs--mental stimulation, and the freedom to escape the monotony of the room to which she is confined. "The Yellow Wallpaper" was essentially a response to the doctor who tried to cure Charlotte Perkins Gilman of post-partum depression through a "rest cure," Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, and she sent him a copy of the story. Although "The Yellow Wallpaper" is not the first or longest of her works, it is without question Gilman's most famous piece and became a best-seller of the Feminist Press.
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The study of a woman's gradual mental breakdown. While taking a rest cure, the wallpaper becomes her focus of discontent. While her madness progresses, so does her awareness of the way her creative energies are curtailed. Her obsession with the wallpaper continues as she struggles to free the woman crawling behind the pattern.… (more)

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