An Analysis Of The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman wasn’t as popular at the time it was written in January 1892. It wasn’t until nearly a century later that it was regarded for what it truly was: a gothic classic in feminist literature. Some of the first readers of Gilman’s short story indulged in it simply for the creepiness and wonder of the story. These readers didn’t entirely realize that “ The Yellow Wallpaper” also gives the reader an inside look at how women were treated and thought of during this time period as well as giving the reader a glimpse into how women who had fallen mentally ill were treated and taken care of. The way that “The Yellow Wallpaper” reads closely resembles a diary for our narrator. There are many different…show more content…
Gilman was treated the same way and actually wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” while being locked in a room for her rest period. Gilman wrote it as sort of a protest for other women during the Victorian time period that had to go through the same thing as Gilman. Gilman, in fact, sent a copy of the short story to Mitchell and he never responded to her or assumed responsibility for the result of the rest period. It was not until years later that Mitchell did say that he changed his methods following receiving “The Yellow Wallpaper” personally from Gilman. When describing the room to the reader you wouldn’t immediately realize the gothic presence that comes along with it. She describes it as follows: “It is a big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore. It was a nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium, I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things on the walls.” (77) Gilman also goes on to describe the repulsing wallpaper as an “unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight” (77). Arguably the most important aspect of “The Yellow Wallpaper” would have to be the wallpaper itself. The wallpaper is where the narrator of the story finds another version of herself hidden deep in the wallpaper. The narrator quickly becomes consumed and obsessed with the wallpaper. It was the only thing that the narrator could think about and focus on, making her

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