The Yellow Obsession Charlotte Perkin Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

774 words - 3 pages

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a short story about the imprisonment of a woman and how she is driven insane by the wallpaper in her room. The woman writes this story after being diagnosed with hysteria after giving birth to her baby in the early 1900's. Her husband moves them to a colonial mansion where she can recover. The woman becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper and she begins to act deranged.The woman's husband thinks it is best for her to stay in the room that was formerly used as a nursery. It has yellow wallpaper which the narrator thinks is horrid. She describes it as, "The colour is repellent, almost revolting; a smoldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight." (Gilman, 1659). She becomes fascinated with the paper and its pattern.The woman narrating the story is very fragile and grows more depressed as she must stay in this room. Her husband, who is also a physician, thinks that she must rest all day in order to recover. She is not allowed to do anything that a normal wife would do. She asks her husband to renovate but he refuses since they will only be there for three months.The wallpaper begins to consume her as her insanity deepens. The narrator writes, "This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had!" (Gilman, 1660). The paper is all that she can think about. The pattern becomes more frightening and tortures her. She hates the colour and it infuriates her. She begins to smell the wallpaper throughout the entire house. "It used to disturb me at first. I thought seriously of burning the house-to reach the smell." (Gilman,1666). This quotation shows how fixated she has become on the wallpaper.The narrator begins to see a woman in the pattern of the wallpaper. She sees a woman creeping in it at night when she lies in bed. The narrator writes, "And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern." (Gilman, 1662). She sees it more clearly in the night because during the day she is drugged and kept on a regular schedule. The woman in the wall represents herself as they are both...

Find Another Essay On The Yellow Obsession Charlotte Perkin Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Character Analysis of Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

1078 words - 4 pages In Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" the main character is a woman who might have been slowly slipping into a state of insanity, but her husband caused the process to escalate as quickly as it did. Gilman's insanity was not inflicted maliciously or intentionally, but grew out of erroneous ideas. She was forced to listen and accept the diagnosis of men without the ability to express what she felt her condition was. Women of that time were

Feminist Perspective on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

1421 words - 6 pages - %20Greene%2CLeed.htm>. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper." Editorial. The Forerunner Nov. 1909. Www.charlotteperkinsgilman.com. Web. . Moore, Dolores. "Feminism in The Yellow Wallpaper." Helium - Where Knowledge Rules. 16 Aug. 2008. Web. . Johnson, Greg. "Gilman's Gothic Allegory: Rage and Redemption in 'The Yellow Wallpaper."' Studies in Short Fiction 26 (1989): 521-530.

Women and Wallpaper: The role of women in "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkin Gilman

1746 words - 7 pages "The Yellow Wallpaper" written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a riveting story of a dejected woman locked away due to the instability of her mind. Our unnamed protagonist is a passionate writer and it is only through her writing that we are able to follow her on a journey where she becomes a victim to those around her including herself. Her writing also reveals the gradual development of her madness. The significance of the story is tremendous

The Setting for Insanity in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

1092 words - 4 pages Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" illustrates that being excluded from the public and locked away in solitary confinement causes insanity. Gilman uses setting to convey this point throughout the story.The unnamed woman in this story is told that she is suffering from a nervous disorder. Her husband takes her to a colonial mansion far away from her normal environment. He believes that taking her to a different environment will

Comparing Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper; and Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour

1079 words - 4 pages Comparing Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour' 'The Yellow Wallpaper';, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and 'The Story of an Hour';, by Kate Chopin, are alike in that both of the women in the stories were controlled by their husbands which caused them to feel an intense desire for freedom. Both stories were also written from a feminist point of view. However, the women in the stories had

Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

1746 words - 7 pages Kate Chopin wrote “The Story of an Hour” in 1894; it describes a young married women named Louise confronting years of suppression that vanish with her husband’s death leaving her with unimaginable freedom. A few years later in 1899, Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” which portrayed a married woman’s struggle against insanity. The similarities between the two would seem unapparent, other than the fact that both women in the

How gender criticism is displayed in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper".

1368 words - 5 pages (Gioia, Gwynn, 895). Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" tells the story about a delusional woman that tumbles into insanity as a result of the reflection she sees in this wallpaper. One perception of the wallpaper is that she sees a reflection of herself within the walls, trapped, and desperately she tries to free herself. More importantly, the story is about attacking the roles of women in society. The narrator can generally represent

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

773 words - 3 pages Bertina DukeGrahamEnglish 102April 17, 2003The Resurrection of Feminism in "The Yellow Wallpaper"Ghost stories often contain mystery and confusion; however, the mystery of the ghost story is, is the narrator a ghost or a character in the story. In "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman decides to write this short story in narrative form; however, some reader may not depict "The Yellow Wallpaper" as a ghost story, nut may depict it as a

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

1396 words - 6 pages The very popular short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a compelling story of a woman with a mental illness. Every aspect of this story contributes to its success, including the characters and their interactions, the plot, setting, the most apparent symbols, the point of view used, and the overall message of the story. This story is a great representation of mental illness in the time when it was written

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1376 words - 6 pages for the depression that the narrator suffers from. What these analyses of The Yellow Wallpaper lack is a balance that accepts both social and biological causes for the narrator’s insanity. In order to better one’s understanding of The Yellow Wallpaper , one must first understand the life of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1860. Gilman’s father left her mother shortly after Charlotte

Similar Essays

Analysys Of Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper."

987 words - 4 pages Dear Mr. Scudder:I wholeheartedly disagree with you, Mr. Scudder, on your position of not publishing Charlotte Gilman's wonderful story, "The Yellow Wallpaper." "The Yellow Wallpaper," isn't a story which would "[make] others miserable." Rather, it's an inspiring story for young women to break free from the patriarchal shackles which confine them. This story's underlying feminist themes prove to be quite fascinating, and thus this story deserves

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

1730 words - 7 pages create and sustain what could have been a less tragic illness is an accomplishment that, after all, only the reader, and not Jane, can appreciate. Therefore, this is how “The Yellow Wallpaper” can be further criticized through psychosis and not just feminism. Works Cited Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. “The Yellow Wallpaper.” An Introduction to Literature. ED Sylvan Barnet. Longman: Boston, 2011. Print. "The Yellow Wallpaper" Feminist Criticism." Teen Ink. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" And Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis".

1482 words - 6 pages Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis" contain many similarities. They both have the common theme of the deterioration of the main character's life and mind, as well as the theme of the ostracism of outcasts in society. They also both deal with the main characters gaining a freedom through the demise of their previous lives. The woman in "The Yellow Wallpaper" is slowly deteriorating in mental state

Feminist Narratology In Charlotte Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

2811 words - 11 pages . The feminist critics who agree on the referencing within a text are also important when reading The Yellow Wallpaper. They allow the reader to read beyond the conventions regarding gender, language and illness with which the nineteenth century reader was familiar. The feminist part of the feminist narratological model allows the reader to insert Charlotte Perkin Gilman's particular experience of writing and mental illness into the narrative. This