The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The ‘Annual Global Writing Competition’ had various entries this year, which proved the wonderful talent we have all over the world. The semi finalists were Henry Lawson with ‘The Drovers Wife,’ Barbara Baynton with ‘The Chosen Vessel,’ Katherine Mansfield with ‘The Fly’ and Shirley Jackson with ‘The Lottery.’ We had a high calibre of contestants this year and the winner is Charlotte Perkins Gilman with ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’ ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ is a short story that emphasises a young woman struggling with the negative impacts of mental illness such as depression and nervous breakdowns. Through the fantastic use of repetition, convoluted sentence design, sophisticated language, active voice and evocative accounts of her surroundings, Gilman effectively plays with the feelings and emotions of the audience by creating a setting in which has jumping wallpapers and woman trapped behind the incarcerate designs. ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ won this prestigious award due to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s use of extensive themes, various gothic elements, captivating motifs, outstanding techniques, engaging symbolism, gripping plot and the fantastic use of characterisation. ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ won this award due to the engaging themes such as, the inferiority of women in marriage, the importance of communication, and the negative impacts of the ‘resting cure’. Charlotte Perkins Gilman brilliantly uses the conventions of the psychological horror tale to critique the position of
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