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

Treatment Of Women With Mental Illness In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

823 words - 4 pages

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” has opened many people’s eyes since it was first published in 1892. In the beginning readers only acknowledged Gilman’s story as showing how women with mental illnesses were treated by physicians during the 1800’s. They overlooked the deeper meaning the text contained, and it was not until later that readers discovered it. Eventually, “The Yellow Wallpaper” became known as feminist literature. Gilman does a great job showing how women suffered from inadequate medical treatment, but above that she depicts how nineteenth century women were trapped in their roles in society and yearned to escape from being controlled by males.
...view middle of the document...

She has no other choice but to stay in a room she does not prefer just like she cannot change her role as a woman in the nineteenth century society. She despises both the room and society, but John refuses to change the room in fear of one alteration will lead to a total transformation similar to how society does not want to be revolutionized. He does not want the bars on the windows or the gate at the top of the stairs removed. John wants to keep her in confinement.
“There is much evidence in women’s writing-both in fiction and in theory-of this retreat to what Gauthier calls “this new space,” and to what Gilman describes as the blank spaces behind the wallpaper”(Ford). She begins to see a woman trapped behind bars in the wallpaper. The woman in the wallpaper symbolizes the narrator because she is trapped and cannot escape male influence in the society she lives in. She longs to help the woman escape from the walls, and finally carries out a plan to do just that. She peels off the yellow wallpaper she so despised when they first moved in. After her task is complete she declares, “I’ve got out at last in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back” (Gilman 967). The narrator became the...

Find Another Essay On Treatment of Women with Mental Illness in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’sThe Yellow Wallpaper

The Repression of Women in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1209 words - 5 pages The Repression of Women in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is an account of a repressed woman in the late eighteen hundreds. This story allows the reader to confront the issues that plagued nineteenth century society in which women suffered because of their mental weaknesses. It is this mental weakness which ultimately leads to her downfall. The narrator is

The Oppression of Women Exposed in The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1287 words - 5 pages Prior to the early twentieth century men dictated women’s role in society. Charlotte Gilman uses her novella “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) as a symbolic reflection of oppression of women in a paternalistic society. Her novella challenges the idea of women being depicted as weak and fragile. The narrator’s name is unknown through out the story, yet at the beginning the reader is given her husbands’ name (John), and the narrator’s identity through

Analysis of John in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins

1029 words - 5 pages The character of the husband, John, in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is introduced as a respected physician and a caring husband who strives to improve the mental health of his wife, the narrator, who is diagnosed with temporary nervous condition. John tries throughout the story to apply professional treatment methods and medications in his approach to helping his wife gain strength. However, his patient, his wife, seems to

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper. a commentary on the male oppression of women in a patriarchal society

1286 words - 5 pages Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper is a commentary on the male oppression of women in a patriarchal society. However, the story itself presents an interesting look at one woman's struggle to deal with both physical and mental confinement. This theme is particularly thought-provoking when read in today's context where individual freedom is one of our most cherished rights. This analysis will focus on two primary issues: 1) the many

Freedom for Women in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1278 words - 5 pages Freedom for Women in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and 'The Story of an Hour' by Kate Chopin are two feminist works in which liberation is the overlying theme. Both of the main characters achieve freedom from their husbands' oppression in these short stories; however, freedom is only achieved through insanity in 'The Yellow

The Meaning of the Wallpaper in The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

949 words - 4 pages transfigures into an unhealthy obsession. By examining the continuous references to the yellow wallpaper itself, one can begin to notice how their frequency develops the plot throughout the course of the story. As well as giving the reader an understanding as to why the wallpaper is a more adequate and appropriate symbol to represent the lady’s confinement and the deterioration of her mental and emotional health. In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow

The Importance of the Wallpaper in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1696 words - 7 pages The Importance of the Wallpaper in The Yellow Wallpaper       "The Yellow Wallpaper" takes a close look at one woman's mental deterioration. The narrator is emotionally isolated from her husband. Due to the lack of interaction with other people the woman befriends the reader by secretively communicating her story in a diary format. Her attitude towards the wallpaper is openly hostile at the beginning, but ends with an intimate and

The Importance of the Wallpaper in The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1431 words - 6 pages protagonist's impotence to maintain her common sense in a society that does not identify her as an individual, and how the lack of communication and the freedom to express herself drove her to insanity. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was written in the late 1800's, when women’s role in society was limited and had no primary effect on society than bearing children and be a house wife. It was hard for women to express themselves in a world

Seclusion and Oppression in Charlotte Perkins´The Yellow Wallpaper

1111 words - 5 pages When first reading the gothic feminist tale, “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one might assume this is a short story about a women trying to save her sanity while undergoing treatment for postpartum depression. Gilman herself had suffered post-natal depression and was encouraged to undergo the “rest cure” to cure her hysteria. The treatment prescribed to Gilman resulted in her having a very similar experience as the

Madness in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins

813 words - 4 pages Matthew Mayes Kristen Hoggatt Writing 102 3 March 2014 An Analysis of “The Yellow Wallpaper” “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins is one of the most famous portrayals of madness in 19th century literature; taking the form of a woman’s diary who is receiving treatment for mental illness. She records her experiences and her mental life as she descends into complete mania. Perkins details this experience of insanity and how her condition

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

Analyzing "The Yellow Wallpaper" By Charlotte Perkins Gilman Regarding Mental Illness In Society Past And Today

2674 words - 11 pages noresponse. However many years later, I met someone whoknew close friends of Dr. Mitchell's who said he had toldthem that he had changed his treatment of nervousprostration since reading 'The Yellow Wallpaper.' If that isa fact, I have not lived in vain."It seems as if Charlotte Perkins Gilman has accomplished her life's goal regardingwomen and mental illness by telling her story and having it published for all to read andhopefully learn from

Oppression Of Women In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

788 words - 3 pages For a long time, women were oppressed and controlled by men. Particularly in early 19th century, these thoughts and stereotypes bound women stronger than ever. "The Yellow Wallpaper" written by Charlotte Perkins, shows readers how men and women were treated differently during early 19th century by her characterization of the narrator and her husband. The “Yellow Wallpaper” is about one man who controls his wife and forces her to hide herself and

Differing Perspectives Of Women In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1222 words - 5 pages The Hidden Meaning Before the 20th century, women were discriminated against by men in their jobs and freedom. Both men and women had different opinions and perspectives toward women in society during the 19th century. “The Yellow Wallpaper” published in 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a prominent American feminist, wrote short stories from a woman’s perspective. The narrator of the “The Yellow Wallpaper” begins the story by describing the

Oppression Of Women In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening And Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

1324 words - 5 pages Edna Pontellier of Kate Chopin’s work The Awakening as well as the nameless female narrator of Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper both experienced similar forms of gendered oppression, who have become frustrated with their conventional womanly roles. In having like experiences, these literary works prove effective in relaying the issue of gender inequalities among men and women in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Although both Chopin