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The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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So maybe its true - most of this story's notoriety comes from it being published in 1892 rather than its subject matter. It is a great story but vagaries in the story's development, the awkwardness of the journal format continuing after the lady's mind is clearly long gone, and maybe some other nitpicks deflate the MONUMENTAL status the story has.

Maybe its true, but I don't care. I like it. It's good. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
This book was written by a woman who was depressed and sent to the country to rest. The woman wants to be a writer, but her husband and doctor feel that she just needs to rest and relax so that she can get back home to her children. But instead of resting, she is confined to a room in a house with "hideous" yellow wallpaper where she descends into madness.



This is a very short book that was originally written in 1892. It captivates a "rest cure" that doctors used to prescribed to women who seemed to be depressed after childbirth. This woman sinks to insanity and blames most of it one the yellow wallpaper in her room. She starts to hallucinate that there are people in the wallpaper that are trying to get her.



This book is a good depiction of depression and how it can be misdiagnosed and mismanaged. It was a quick read, and an interesting one at that, so check it out. ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
A woman and her husband and young child rent a house for a few months while their house is being renovated. They stay in an attic bedroom with confusingly-patterned yellow wallpaper. The woman, already dealing with mental health problems, slowly becomes delusional due to her husband keeping her in the room with nothing to do but stare at the wallpaper every day.

I was expecting this story to speak to me much more than it actually did. I know what the generally accepted interpretation of this story is - the woman's husband is controlling and abusive and she projects that feeling on to the wallpaper as she goes crazy. However, if the reader is seeing things only from the woman's perspective, and the woman is definitely delusional by the end, and thus an unreliable narrator, who are we to say when exactly she turned delusional? I'm certainly among the first to point out when a man is too controlling of a woman, but I think if the woman was delusional and paranoid from before the narration begins this story would look exactly the same.

The downside of listening to this story as an audiobook is that I had no sense of time passing. There were no dates or noticeable breaks in the narration, so one minute they are moving into the house for 3 months and the next minute they are a couple days from moving back home. The lack of sense of time might have had something to do with my interpretation. I did listen to it twice but that did not seem to help. ( )
  norabelle414 | Dec 31, 2018 |
Really creepy, suffocating, claustrophobic from start to end. I found the husband the creepiest of all, confining and brainwashing her with supposed love. *shivers* ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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 |
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Gilman, Charlotte Perkinsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hedges, Elaine R.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Farrell, MaggieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Potter, KirstenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.
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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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She makes her own friends
to escape her depression.
Fall into madness.
(DeusXMachina)

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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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