This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Unreliable Narrator Of The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

2902 words - 12 pages

Don’t Believe Everything You See
In 1892 Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a short story known as, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The story is based on how society treated and viewed females during the late 19th century. It involves an unknown female narrator that is believed to be suffering from temporary nervous depression. The story is conveyed through a biased first person point of view because it presented through the narrators personal diary. In order to treat and cure her from this acute form of depression the narrators physician husband John prescribes her the, “rest-cure”. (Gilman) The, “rest cure” (Gilman) required the narrator, “to forgo intellectual and social stimulation and to eat and sleep indulgently”. (Scott) This meant that the narrator could not do what she loves most and that was writing. However, that did not stop the narrator because the story is conveyed through a biased first person point of view presented through the narrator’s personal diary. The unnamed narrator did not agree with this method and thought, “that congenial work, with excitement and change” (Gilman), would be a more effective cure. However, the prescribed treatment failed and the narrator experiences a dramatic change in her mental stability and begins to lose touch with reality. The reason she begins to lose touch with the real word is because every second the narrator is in that room she becomes more, “adapted to her surrounding’s”. (Scott) It’s essential to understand that as the narrator continuously loses touch with the real world she is developing a better understanding about the inner reality of her life. Through developing an increased awareness of the inner reality of her life the narrator experiences a split in her personality. The split in her personality is crucial because as she’s gradually transforming into the woman in the wall she begins to regularly contradict herself. Gilman uses the split in the unknown female’s personality to depict her as being an unreliable narrator that suffers from something more extreme than temporary nervous depression.
Throughout, “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman utilizes the environment and setting of the, “colonial mansion”, (Gilman) to emphasize that the unknown narrator is undependable. The reason the unknown narrator is being interpreted as unreliable is because constantly throughout the story she contradicts herself. The contradictions she makes range from her visual opinions of the room all the way to her emotions about it. The first instance involves with how the narrator first perceived the, “hereditary estate”. (Gilman) From the initial moment she sets her eyes on the mansion the narrator describes it as being, “a haunted house”, that has, “something queer about it”. (Gilman) This quote shows the honest opinions of the unnamed narrator and how strongly she disliked the house prior to her breakdown. However, as the narrator experiences a transformation in her personality she becomes more infatuated with her...

Find Another Essay On The Unreliable Narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1744 words - 7 pages The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Charlotte Perkins Gilman's, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a partial autobiography. It was written shortly after the author suffered a nervous breakdown. This story was written to help save people from being driven crazy. Appropriately, this short story is about a mentally disturbed woman and her husband's attempts to help her get well. He does so by convincing her that

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1291 words - 6 pages depression on her likely already frail mental state triggered her psychosis. The role of woman in society at the turn of the century, along with the medical establishment’s lack of understanding regarding mental illness, allowed Jane’s mental issues to go untreated, resulting in the breakdown we see in the story. Works Cited Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Walpaper." The Norton Introduction to Literature, Shorter Eleventh Edition. New York

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

903 words - 4 pages : Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, many will not forget the challenges women faced. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s, portrays a woman suffering from a mild psychological disorder, known today as Postpartum Depression. The title of the story is befitting as it shows the psychological oppression the main character, whose name was never revealed, dealt with from her husband and the controversial

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1531 words - 6 pages During the time when Gilman was growing up, women had defined domestic roles and their husbands were the dominating force. In turn, there were women who gained a voice and defied the oppressive male community; one of those voices being Gilman’s. Locked away in a mental and physical prison of her husband’s machination, the protagonist of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is the embodiment of the struggles faced by women seeking

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1252 words - 6 pages happen, she felt that she was in control when John fainted at the end; she says "now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall so that I had to creep over him every time" She wasn’t even frighten when he fainted. Self-expression is extremely important because each one of us is unique and different in our own way. Only we can define ourselves be who want to be. One might believe that “The Yellow Wallpaper

The Meaning of The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

952 words - 4 pages The story of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman is the story of a woman who is mentally ill. She is being taken care of by her husband who is a doctor. They have just moved into a new house where she has her own room. Her room is only a bed that is nailed to the floor, and the room is covered in a gaudy and strange yellow wallpaper.After moving into the room the woman, who is also the narrator of the story, starts to see very

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Expresses Her Beliefs Through The Narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper

909 words - 4 pages written, the obstacles that she faced were nearly impossible, whether that was because of ignorance or just simply unknowing. She is seen as a sympathetic character because of her many woes, and how no one would help her outside of locking her in a room. As her mind slowly deteriorates, the story becomes less and less real, and more of her own imagination. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was able to convey her emotions and her own situation through the narrator, who without a name, represented a large portion of women at that time.

The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman

871 words - 3 pages the sickly color and yellow smell of the room. As she goes deeper into the ugliness of the room, the story tells us more about her own feeling of depression. She cries at nothing and most of the time. She asks her husband for different wallpaper but he dismisses her thoughts saying nothing is worse for a nervous patient than to give in to such fancies. He felt she would find something more that would need to be changed.The walls do mesmerize her

Schizophrenia in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

978 words - 4 pages Schizophrenia in The Yellow Wallpaper       Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s "The Yellow Wall-Paper," does more than just tell the story of a woman who suffers at the hands of 19th century quack medicine. Gilman created a protagonist with real emotions and a real psych that can be examined and analyzed in the context of modern psychology. In fact, to understand the psychology of the unnamed protagonist is to be well on the way to understanding

Feminism in "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

735 words - 3 pages women were during the narrator’s time. The narrator stated, “Then he took me in his arms and called me a blessed little goose” (Gilman 802). John spoke of her as if she was a child. Men did not see woman as an equal. In the case of the narrator, she was controlled by her husband’s words and many other factors. The story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is considered a feminist piece through the narrators husband’s words and

Symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1189 words - 5 pages Symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman      Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" is the journal of a woman plagued with severe depression and the inability to recover due to her role as a submissive woman. At the time of publication, "The Yellow Wallpaper" was seen as a story merely about the perils of insanity. Even Gilman was proud to say it provided a wake-up call for the medical field and the families

Similar Essays

"The Yellow Wallpaper" By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

773 words - 3 pages society.Although, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is not a ghost story, however, Gilman writes this story similarly to a ghost story because of the narrative form used. The narrator is a woman living in the eighteenth century when women were oppressed in a masculine world. Gilman, however, attempt to modify the male dominated society by having the narrator describe her transformation; the narrator's transformation takes place in the house where she makes the connection between her life, the house, the window, and the yellow wallpaper.Works CitedGilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper." The Yellow Wallpaper and OtherStories. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1997. 1-15.

The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1376 words - 6 pages sick and that they knew it. The narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper is one of the best examples of this self-oppression and oppression by men. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a strong advocate for alternative methods of treating mental illness. Many of her suggested methods mirror the psychiatric therapies of today’s Works Cited Diagnostic and Statistical Manual . 4 th ed. Text Revision. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2000

The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1378 words - 6 pages “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Turned” are both short stories by the American author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, written in the late nineteenth century. Both stories are based on a particular incident in the lives of two married women. “The Yellow Wallpaper” follows an unidentified woman who is possibly suffering from postpartum psychosis. She is put to “rest cure” by her physician husband and is locked inside a room covered in yellow wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1406 words - 6 pages Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote The Yellow Wallpaper in 1890 about her experience in a psychiatric hospital. The doctor she had prescribed her “the rest cure” to get over her condition (Beekman). Gilman included the name of the sanitarium she stayed at in the piece as well which was named after the doctor that “treated” her. The short story was a more exaggerated version of her month long stay at Weir Mitchell and is about a woman whose name is