Plot summary[ edit ] The story is told from the perspective of Vandyck "Van" Jennings, a sociology student who, along with two friends, Terry O. Nicholson and Jeff Margrave, forms an expedition party to explore an area of uncharted land rumored to be home to a society consisting entirely of women.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist and a creative writer who wrote a compelling short story entitled The Yellow Wallpaper. Originally published in The New England Magazine in under her maiden name Stetson; feminism, individuality and symbolism are brought to the forefront thus taking the reader through the process of mental breakdown due to societal oppression and a paternalistic culture.
Everything is filtered through her changing consciousness, yet the ambiguity allows one to decipher its many meanings. The wallpaper is a text that the protagonist has to interpret; as its symbolism develops she feels repulsed then obsessed.
Not physical pain […] mental torment. After Gilman published her semi-autobiographical tale, Dr. Deciding to keep a secret journal, the protagonist starts to fantasise and hide her true thoughts. There is a division in her consciousness; confusing her mind as to what is real and what is fantasy?
My brother is also a physician […] he says the same thing. Her second side is the one who needs to break free and be creative and individual. The misogynistic views in the story force the protagonist to keep her feelings and imagination private — from John, her brother and Dr Mitchell — as they state this is why she is ill.
She knows they are wrong but continually represses her feelings not being able to speak out against the oppression. As the obsession with the wallpaper grows, it becomes the focal point of her haunting story describing it as Dull enough to confuse the eye […] constantly irritate[s] and provoke[s] study, [having] lame uncertain curves [that] commit suicide [and] destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.
The colour is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow.
The chaotic patterns reflect her state of mind: In the story the house is not her own and feeling imprisoned there she cannot express her creativity. Dramatization of imprisonment and escape are so all-pervasive in nineteenth- century literature by women […] works [use] houses as primary symbols of female imprisonment Gilbert and Gubar, Instead, she highlights that women go insane due to the social and economic conditions imposed and their continuous fight against repression and for individuality.
In particular, the weight gain […] was a kind of pseudo pregnancy. Paula Treichler suggests that the wallpaper is an imaginary text the protagonist created as a metaphor for societal pressures.
Treichler continues to argue that diagnosed depression in nineteenth- Page 5 Lea Weller - century women imposed too many restrictions on the patient. Her journal gives her relief and records her impending breakdown. She focuses on the woman skulking behind the pattern; representing her own inability to air her concerns.
Does the protagonist feel resentment for the child who is the reason for her illness?Since its publication in , The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, has generated a variety of interpretations.
Originally viewed to be a ghost story, it has been regarded as gothic literature, science fiction, a statement on postpartum depression, having Victorian patriarchal attitudes and a journey into the depths of mental illness. Literature Analysis of "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman The short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper" was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman who was an American social reform lecturer and has contributed immensely in literature, having .
Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote her short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, based on some of her own life experiences.
Indeed, “The Yellow Wallpaper” draws heavily on a particularly painful episode in Gilman’s own life. In , early in her first marriage and not long after the birth of her daughter, Charlotte Perkins Stetson (as she was then known) was stricken with a severe case of depression. In , Charlotte Perkins Gilman found herself suffering from "a severe and continuous nervous breakdown tending toward melancholia -- and beyond." Upon seeking professional help, she was advised against more than two hours of intellectual stimulation a day, and was ordered to cease writing, drawing, and painting for the remainder of her life. Welcome to the LitCharts study guide on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper. Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides.
Find her entire short story here, along with resources for further study and questions for thinking about the essay and its place in women's history. Though she wrote and lectured extensively on reforming marriage and the family, Charlotte Perkins Gilman rued the attention and notoriety that her own marriages and family life unavoidably attracted.
She made headlines not only with her ideas, but with her life.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman () was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform.
Her father abandoned the family when she was a child, and she received just four years of formal education. Download file to see previous pages Without a doubt, there is an evident distance between the narrator and her husband as revealed in the story.
This paper will carry out a critical analysis of the narrator explaining the changes that happened to her and why the changes proved to be highly significant.