Nervous Depression In The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1899. It is a story of the mental development of a person who stays in a colonial house with his friend, John. The whole transaction is written from the point of view of the writer: herself. Short stories usually focus on few characters. This short story has three main characters: John, Jennie, and the author. John is a physician. He hardly stays at home because he has a lot to do down in the town. Jennie is a mysterious woman who the readers don’t really get to know about. One thing is for sure that she looks after the writer. The writer, as she confesses several times in the short story, has “nervous depression”. The events are written from her angle. Short stories…show more content…
In the beginning of the story the writer just doesn’t like the wallpaper. She mentions it right in the first chapter. We don’t really know much about this wallpaper, yet. It is visible that it is second-hand, it is above her bed in patches, and the patterns on it are conspicuous. She doesn’t just like the wallpaper but it also makes her angry. The word “outrageous” clearly describes this mental condition. In the second paragraph she “gets positively angry” with it and all through the third paragraph. She is rather tired than feel better. The attitude towards the yellow wallpaper remains the same as if she was sick. In the fourth unit she starts seeing a woman behind that wallpaper. As go forward in the chapters the mental state of the author gets better and better. As she gets better mentally she gets better with the wallpaper though sometimes she still gets angry with the wallpaper. There is a connection between the mental condition and the attitude towards the yellow wallpaper. She determines that it has different colours. First it is “flamboyant”, and then it becomes “repellent” and so on: “lurid”, “sulphur tint”. These colours describe how well the author is. She also uses adjectives to describe the paper just like: “smouldering” or “irritating”.
All in all The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman can provide more to discuss about for the psychologists like Freud. The word-choice of the text, the highlights, the inner dialogue or the confession, and the dialogues within the text also back up the hypothesis that words can express but at the same time repress or oppress or suppress. There are also some features that can be useful for Formalists or Functionalists or for Practical or New critics. We can also observe a definite change towards the
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