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It Is Stripped Off The Paper In Great Patches The Colour Is Repellent In The Places Where It Isn T Faded And Where The Sun Is Just So I Can See A Strange, Provoking, Formless Sort Of Figure, That Seems To Skulk About Based On The Author S Own Experiences, The Yellow Wallpaper Is The Chilling Tale Of A Woman Driven To The Brink Of Insanity By The Rest Cure Prescribed After The Birth Of Her Child Isolated In A Crumbling Colonial Mansion, In A Room With Bars On The Windows, The Tortuous Pattern Of The Yellow Wallpaper Winds Its Way Into The Recesses Of Her MindCharlotte Perkins Gilman Was America S Leading Feminist Intellectual Of The Early Twentieth Century


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    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 Well, one must quit being a silly goose and get better The baby is fine thank goodness, the baby is fine It is safe, safe in another room Away from the horrid yellow wallpaper This wallpaper is an artistic monstrosity, an assault on the senses It is so yellow it reeks ofyellow It is the strangest yellow, that wall paper It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things In such a room, too, a beautiful room with windows and light John brought her here for a vacation away from the daily cares of their normal lives, to help her with her nervousness She hasn t been the same since the baby was born She knows that, not that she was ever normal before, but something has shifted, an awareness of self that is tuned to a different frequency The wallpaper is hideous It claws at her mind She should be happy, after all there is the baby The girl is taking such good care of her baby I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time Of course I don t when John is here, or anybody else, but when I am alone It doesn t happen if no one sees it or hears it In the middle of the night, lit by moonlight, the wallpaper moves She touches it she studies it The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out She must write They don t want her to write, but those who write must write It is not enough to write in the mind The words must be taken from her mind to make room for words Words are precision, clarity, sanity John thinks it is best for her to rest in the room The room has become the extent of her universe, and the wallpaper is alive than she is All those strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths just shriek with derision If she escapes the wallpaper, what then I kept thinking as I was reading this story that I hope Robert Louis Stevenson had the chance to read it, but probably not This story was published in 1892 He bought a place in Samoa in 1890 and was cut off from most of the literary world until his death in 1894 It is certainly a story that would have appealed to his own obsession with the horrors of the mind The building tension from a fairly typical domestic scene to the final horrors is so gothic and is still sending a cascade of shivers down my spine Charlotte Perkins Gilman grew up under the tutelage of women who believed strongly in equality Her father s aunts, Isabella Beecher Hooker, a suffragist, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Catharine Beecher, helped raise her after her father abandoned the family Charlotte tried marriage She even had a baby Those attempts at being normal didn t work out, but it did give us this wonderful autobiographical and, in my opinion, nearly perfect short story Charlotte grew up in an era where it was difficult for women to have any say in their fate If they became too hysterical, they were locked up in an insane asylum They were seen as delicate creatures, incapable of making rational decisions for themselves I still believe that many women suffer from postpartum depression and still feel the need to hide their symptoms After all, aren t they supposed to be joyfully happy to be new mothers There are too many women still trapped in the walls behind yellow wallpaper When Charlotte Perkins Gilman finds out she is dying of breast cancer in 1935, she takes control of her fate In her suicide note she writes that she chose chloroform over cancer In the end, she escapes the yellow wallpaper on her own terms If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    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 This may not be a ghost story, but it is a tale of horror just the same The most frightening books do not make me cower underneath my covers in the dark They give the feeling of despair, they make the reader empathize with the darkness and emotional turmoil of the narrator They make one feel claustrophobic.Women s mental problems have always been dismissed as hysteria, from the beginning of time It is this overwhelming diminution of mental problems that led to so many being institutionalized in the past, and it is the reason why the repressed Victorian woman was such a tremendous symbol of the age.That mentally unsound character recurs again in this little short story, an exceptionally fine example of how a woman, neglected, belittled, dismissed, descends into insanity.


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    The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman written in 1892 is considered a story that is a leading feminist view about a woman s place in a traditional marriage during that time period Gilman herself was an intellectual voice and staunch supporter of women s rights in marriage Most leading magazines refused to publish this story and it was lost for many years Once recovered, it has become an often talked about story in many literary anthologies The protagonist of this story is taken to the country to recover from an unnamed illness Upon finding out that the nurse cares for the baby, one is lead to believe that the illness is postpartum depression, leading to a mental breakdown The protagonist s husband and brother are both doctors and believe that the country would help lead to her recovery Both men believe that women are for the most part subservient to men The husband calls her my girl and lamb, all tender words of affection, denouncing her feelings As a result, the suffering woman is brought to the country against her better wishes While in the country, she stays in a room with crumbling, yellow wallpaper Rather than improving her health, the patterns lead her to a greater state of mental illness She creates stories out of the supposed paisley design and has delusions that a woman from the paper is out to get her Before it became decent to speak of mental illness, the best way to gain one s health was through treat and fresh air In this case, the rest caused the protagonist to suffer greatly, leading to her demise, much like the story s author The Yellow Wall Paper was not as much of a literary masterpiece but a landmark noting a woman s place in a marriage and what could occur to women following the birth of her children Gilman s work is now widely studied but denounced upon publication More than one hundred years later, The Yellow Wall Paper is a worthy study, and a story that leads to invoking discussions.


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    My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death One or the other of us has to go. Oscar Wilde s alleged final words International Women s Day is perfect for reviewing this chilling short story, written by a utopian feminist in 1890 Yes, I opened with Wilde, but I couldn t resist, and he was also a victim of sexually related prejudice The Story John s wife Jennie s sister in law A baby s mother She is anonymous She writes furtively She is physically and mentally weak from temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency She is confined to rest in an attic room of a rented house, on the advice of her doctor husband A room with such ghastly yellow wallpaper that it becomes an obsession exacerbating, rather than alleviating her mental instability But they re staying in a hyperbolically beautiful place with a delicious garden Everyone is kind and caring and lovely Her doting, suffocating husband Her sister in law running the house, helping care for her And Mary, who is so good with the baby It s clear to the reader that the infantalising constraints and prohibition of mental and physical stimuli are as life sapping as any leaden cage, despite the shiny padlock She is cast deeper into the pit of helplessness her husband addresses her as little girl What s less certain is the motive of her carers Is she inherently mad, being manipulated, or just overly pampered When she chastises herself, you hear the insidious and undermining words of others I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes I m sure I never used to be so sensitive I think it is due to this nervous condition The question is how to get better compliance, defiance, or psychological escape The Wall PaperThe descriptions start off comically horrid, but realistic One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions a smouldering unclean yellow. As the narrator loses her hold on reality, the patterns seem to morph in sinister but enticing ways, with the changing light I was reminded of the Magic Eye pictures that were all the rage for a few years in the 1990s, but which I never learned to see in 3D The True StoryThis is semi autobiographical, but it wasn t post partum psychosis that ended Charlotte Perkins Gilman s life, nor the frustrations of patriarchal and controlling rest cures It was not even the breast cancer that tried its damndest In her own words, she took control and chose chloroform over cancer NowadaysWith an autocratic misogynist recently elected as the most powerful person in the world, the suppression of women s autonomy, whether clothed in good intentions or not, is as important an issue as ever The war for equality is not yet won Sources, Notes, and LinksYou can read the story, free, on Project Gutenberg, HERE.For a slightly different, but equally provoking take on a similar situation, see The Victorian Chaise Longue my review HERE , in which an invalid young mother in 1940s 50s is transported whether for real, or in her delusions to the mind and body of a woman with a similar condition, but in earlier, even less enlightened times.Image source for yellow wallpaper compulsion to pick and peel one s skin is called dermatillomania or neurotic excoriation It is usually considered on the OCD spectrum a repetitive, ritualistic, and tension reducing form of self harm Peeling wall paper is clearly less harmful to the body, as to the state of mind


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    This is not a happy story not even in the slightest Our protagonist and her husband and sister in law are spending 3 months in a rented home during renovations of their own home The woman recently had a baby and has not been able to recover her energy nor the will to accomplish anything She is a writer but her husband, a physician, tells her not to write because it will only add to her fanciful state of being.On the one hand, he is very controlling and his wife sees that as a display of love On the other hand, he carries her up the stairs to conserve her energy and tells her to get well quickly because he can t live without her and she is unable to respond appropriately.Their bedroom has yellow wallpaper which she becomes fixated on She describes the pattern and the sick yellow of its colour many times, and you can watch her mind grappling with reality the she talks about the wallpaper It becomes an obsession, and the she sees, the we can see that she is on a slippery slope with no one to pull her back.This sad story of a psychological breakdown spirals from low energy and spirits into a very dark place in its few pages It serves as a cautionary tale because when asked, she insisted she was fine except for being tired She hid her feelings from her husband and sister in law, and what was at first a desire to put a good face on it became dangerous deception and deliberate avoidance Even toward herself.This is an amazing piece of writing and worth reading for the experience of better understanding mental illness and how it can subtly infect all areas of a person s life.


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    The Yellow Wallpaper is a short but powerful masterpiece in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman offers insight into oppression and madness It remains despite being written in 1892 as relevant as it is haunting Many people know the story of how Gilman s narrator is forbidden to write by her husband doctor and fights for autonomy in the patterns of wallpaper Liberation from his and society s oppression of women is only available in this internal struggle which ultimately leads to a mental breakdown and loss of identity.


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    The first time I read this 1892 short story, years ago, in a collection of horror stories, I thought awful and very creepy things were really happening to the main character i.e., weird fungus growing wallpaper and a weirder lady actually hiding in the wallpaper pattern of a young wife s room in their vacation home I was a little young and often oblivious to subtext On second read or probably first read for most people , it s clear that the horror is of a different sort the main character, a young wife suffering from anxiety or depression, has been isolated and kept inactive for her own good, and she is slowly going psychotic It s still quite creepy, but in a very different way.There s a distinct layer of early feminism in this story, as well as a strong implication that the main character might have been able to work through her mental problems if she d been allowed to do something interesting and productive rather than being pressured and forced into idleness Apparently this kind of enforced rest and confinement was a standard medical treatment at the time, especially for women, who were deemed the fragile sex The author, Charlotte Gillman, felt strongly that this kind of treatment was counter productive to mental health, rather than a cure.This makes a nice companion read to The Tell Tale Heart, another classic but very different story of mental illness.Gutenberg freebie here.


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    He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency So I try Read in conjunction with Ibsen s A Doll s House, this short story takes a darker turn than the play, refusing to offer a way out of a dilemma in 19th century traditional society.The story of a young married woman with an infant, who is patronised and controlled by her husband to the point of losing her sanity, is creepy, relevant, and not dated at all.Two mindsets and worldviews clash On one side, there is the rational husband , a physician, who calls his wife little girl and forces her to passivity, as he claims agitation and stimulation are feeding her imagination in a detrimental way He keeps her under surveillance, and she is asked to sleep and rest as much as possible, avoiding any kind of activity that can spark independent thoughts.On the other hand, there is the young woman herself, with a strong wish to express herself creatively in writing, opposing the so called benevolent dictatorship in secret, hiding her true feelings and thoughts in front of the husband, who is very caring and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction And he hates to have me write a word.The yellow wallpaper in her room becomes an obsessive symbol for the intellectual oppression the young woman experiences It increasingly chokes her, until she lets go of her resistance and loses her sanity along with her hope to ever be able to live up to the limited version of life her prison guard is willing to grant her Her description of the yellow wallpaper is a mirror of her internal suffering, the contraction she feels and cannot solve And it is an ominous sign of the only way she sees out of her hopeless dependency on a man who does not see her as a thinking human being, but rather as a decorative piece of furniture in his possession It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame, uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions The fight she puts up against the symbolical wallpaper makes one remember Oscar Wilde s alleged last words My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death One or the other of us has to go Behind the irony and wit, there is a sense of deadly pain in the face of lost beauty and aesthetic value Whether or not Oscar Wilde spoke those words, he died just a couple of years after the publication of this short story, a broken man after years in prison which destroyed his spirit and will to create He too was a victim of a dominant heterosexual, male society, which could accept no exceptions to their preferred way of living in full control of all aspects of community, especially creative and sexual practices A Room of One s Own, so necessary to creative processes according to Virginia Woolf s idea, turns into a prison if there is no freedom of thought and movement to feed imagination, and no financial independence to be able to make a choice The room, supervised by benevolent authority, turns into a dystopian scenario in the spirit of Orwell Thoughtcrime and doublethink were well known to intelligent, captive women long before 1984 named them properly.Still readable, enjoyable, and thought provoking Recommended


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    The Yellow Wallpaper is a short novella from 1892, which has become a classic of the genre It is a claustrophobic depiction of what would then be described as a woman s descent into madness, but now sounds like severe post natal depression The story consists of passages from a secret journal, kept by the woman, Jane, who is losing her grip on reality The narrator is confined to the upstairs bedroom of a house by her doctor husband, John, who diagnoses a temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency The windows of the room are barred, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs so that she has limited access to the rest of the house She is also forbidden from working by her husband, whom she claims to comply with because he is a doctor It is not difficult to see how these constraints would exacerbate any tendency to depression This story depicts the prevailing attitudes in the 19th century toward women, in particular their physical and mental health, promoting the view that they should live and be defined entirely by domestic considerations Jane s husband is kindly and insufferably paternalistic, Bless her little heart said he with a big hug, she shall be as sick as she pleases referring to her indulgently as his little girl Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an author, philosopher, socialist and feminist Her stories both analyse and criticise the role of women in society, at a time when men were very much dominant The contemporary view is that such women were oppressed by their position in a patriarchal society In several of her later stories Gilman deals with a male dominated medical establishment attempting to silence its women patients In this one the narrator expresses the views that she should work instead of rest, and that she should go out in society , instead of remaining isolated She also thinks that she should not be separated and protected from her child, but should be able to see her child and allowed to be a mother This is a modern perspective, and very much ahead of its time True to the current conventions of behaviour though, Jane is silent, powerless, and passive, accepting her doctor husband s authority in all things It was stated by a medical journal of the time, that a physician must assume a tone of authority and that the idea of a cured woman was one who became subdued, docile, silent, and above all subject to the will and voice of the physician The writing itself uses sentences with short interjections questions burst through, as the narrator becomes increasingly delirious This makes for a very unsettling read One interpretation could be that since she has been forbidden to read or write, the given medical reason being that her hysteria needs rest , she then starts to read the wallpaper, and feels increasingly trapped behind it She first describes the wallpaper saying, the colour is repellent, almost revolting a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow turning sunlight It develops into an optic horror, like a lot of wallowing seaweeds in full chase interminable grotesques She yearns for freedom, seeing through her bars to the outside, A lovely country, too, full of great elms and velvet meadows She becomes obsessed by the wallpaper, its pattern appearing to change, all those strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths just shriek with derision The colour becomes and loathsome to her with a foul smell emanating from it At night she is able to see a woman behind bars, trapped within its complicated design The woman behind shakes it The delusions increase, as does Jane s response to them The ending is ambiguous, depending on how the reader has interpreted the story Does she escape Does she slip into irrevocable psychosis Does she murder her husband Clearly though, this story is about disempowering women, even to the point of forbidding the tools for writing, in case Jane manages to express her own identity in that way The bars and trapped woman are originally symbolic of the narrator s own confinement, but eventually she becomes subsumed in the many images of women that she sees The Yellow Wallpaper originated in Gilman s own experience, when she suffered from depression, and was ordered to lead a similar life to that of the narrator of this story An eminent specialist prescribed a rest cure, recommending her to live a domestic a life as possible She was only allowed two hours of mental stimulation a day, and writing materials were banned She followed this directive for three months, becoming increasingly desperate Eventually she felt herself slipping into a worse mental state, so rebelled and wrote The Yellow Wallpaper as a sort of therapy for herself, as well as alerting the public to what she considered a seriously misguided form of treatment She said the story was, not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked Sometimes it is viewed simply as a horror story, but it is horrifying to a modern reader in additional ways to merely its gothic feel There are things in that wallpaper that nobody knows but me, or ever will so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast


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    This has got to be one of the most impressive short stories ever written, up there with the very best Written in the late 1800 s, it is surprisingly modern in its form content When I was an undergraduate, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an undiscovered writer, but thankfully she s been very much discovered now I ve read her nonfiction Women and Economics very forward thinking re communal kitchens and daycare and her utopian novel, Herland She also has some other terrific short stories, If I Were a Man, for example and a mystery novel None is as famous as The Yellow Wallpaper, however What s great about this story is that I ve found it reprinted in horror anthologies, women s fiction anthologies, college readers, texts on madnessIt s a masterful example of an unreliable narrator and a woman s descent into madness A wife is prescribed bed rest for what appears to be postpartum depression, is confined to a room w sickly yellow overly ornate wallpaperand goes mad from inactivity, lack of meaningful stimulation Don t want to spoil it by saying any , if you haven t already read this great short story.