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The Yellow Wallpaper

Auhtor: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Language: english
Published: 1892

Genres:

non-fiction,  biography autobiography,  fiction
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Review by Stephen M. Charme, March 2007


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'The Yellow Wallpaper':

The Yellow Wallpaper is a 6000-word short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman first published in January 1892 in New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward womens physical and mental health.The story is written in the first person as a series of journal entries. The narrator is a woman whose husband a physician has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of a house he has rented for the summer. She is forbidden from working and has to hide her journal entries from him so that she can recuperate from what he has diagnosed as a temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency a diagnosis common to women in that period. The windows of the room are barred and there is a gate across the top of the stairs allowing her husband to control her access to the rest of the house.The story illustrates the effect of confinement on the narrators mental health and her descent into psychosis. With nothing to stimulate her she becomes obsessed by the pattern and color of the rooms wallpaper.

Excerpts from the Book 'The Yellow Wallpaper':


... and he says the same thing. So I take phosphates or phosphites-whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden ...
... garden! I never saw such a garden-large and shady, full of box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them. There ...
... angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions. The color is repellent, almost revolting a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded ...
... baby. Such a dear baby! And yet I CANNOT be with him, it makes me so nervous. I suppose John never was nervous in his life. He laughs at me so about this ...
... will and good sense to check the tendency. So I try. I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ...
... and be safe. The furniture in this room is no worse than inharmonious, however, for we had to bring it all from downstairs. I suppose when this was ...
... go there at all. I had a friend who was in his hands once, and she says he is just like John and my brother, only more so! Besides, it is such an undertaking ...
... waddling up and down in isolated columns of fatuity. But, on the other hand, they connect diagonally, and the sprawling outlines run off in great ...
... from here! It is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he loves me so. But I tried it last night. It was moonlight. ...
... is worse in the morning when you are away! Bless her little heart! said he with a big hug, she shall be as sick as she pleases! But now let's improve ...
... the back pattern really did move together or separately. On a pattern like this, by daylight, there is a lack of sequence, a defiance of law, that is ...
... just as a scientific hypothesis,-that perhaps it is the paper! I have watched John when he did not know I was looking, and come into the room suddenly ...
... smell! I noticed it the moment we came into the room, but with so much air and sun it was not bad. Now we have had a week of fog and rain, and whether ...
... but myself. I often wonder if I could see her out of all the windows at once. But, turn as fast as I can, I can only see out of one at a time. And ...
... are only two more days to get this paper off, and I believe John is beginning to notice. I don't like the look in his eyes. And I heard him ...
... would call when I woke. So now she is gone, and the servants are gone, and the things are gone, and there is nothing left but that great bedstead ...
... and pound! Now he's crying for an axe. It would be a shame to break down that beautiful door! John dear! said I in the gentlest voice, the key is ...
... as a temporary nervous depression — a slight hysterical tendency a diagnosis common to women in that period. The windows of the room are ...
... an isolated society composed entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). The result is an ideal social order, free of ...
... burden of conventional domestic chores, Diantha proves to her family and community the benefits of professionalized housekeeping. About About ...