Charlotte Perkins Gilman circa Gilman used her writing to explore the role of women in America during the late s and early s. She highlighted many issues such as the lack of a life outside the home and the oppressive forces of the patriarchal society.
Through this intimate medium the narrator describes her three-month stay in an estate.
The first entry details the circumstances under which she and her husband have come to the estate. Her symptoms are unclear, but John is adamant that nothing is really wrong with her.
Because John is a respected physician, the narrator does not question his authority.
The narrator describes her sense of personal failure at being unable to function as she believes John expects her to. He is frequently absent from the home, and she is often too exhausted to write and too nervous to see their child, who is cared for by a nanny.
John scoffs at her requests to repaper their bedroom or relocate to another one. She limits her physical activity and spends more time lying down in her room. The narrator lies to John about sleeping so that she can spend time alone in their room.
She believes that John and his sister, Jennieare also trying to figure out the mystery of the wallpaper.
She discovers new characteristics of the wallpaper: She tries to remove the front pattern from the wallpaper and grows increasingly suspicious of John and Jennie.
She has spent the entirety of the previous night tearing down the wallpaper to free the woman trapped in it. Outside her window in the garden, she sees many other creeping women and expresses her preference for her room and its wallpaper, revealing that her own creeping has formed the smudge around the room.Full online text of The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Other short stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman also available along with many others by classic and contemporary authors. Gilman emerged as an acknowledged force on the literary scene with her short story "The Yellow Wallpaper." Her gripping tale of a new mother's descent into madness brought to light the inequity between men and women within the family and the overwhelming .
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|SparkNotes: The Yellow Wallpaper||Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer. A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity - but that would be asking too much of fate!|
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