The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s brilliant work, The Yellow Wallpaper, readers explore the consequences of the ignorance of mental health, as well the underlying story of Gilman’s suffering to mental health in nineteenth century America. In this psychological tale we are introduced to a woman facing a mental illness in the late 1800’s writing secretly about being belittled about her health by her husband, John, a doctor, who subjects her to bed rest and isolation to the real world to recover. As she loses touch with life outside of the house, she begins to obsess with the women she sees behind the yellow wallpaper of her bedroom. I believe the author 's true intent of the story is not to be simply thrown away as a psychological thriller, but also to comment the lack of recognition Medicine heldhold on the patients’ opinions, especially women.
Among first reading The Yellow Wallpaper, I believed the wallpaper to be a metaphor of her depression, “I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design [of the wallpaper].” (4). A sadness lurking, trapped in a body trying to be a functioning human. When she began to see the women, I reasoned the yellow wallpaper was still her depression, but now she was the women, trapped by it. Soon she begins to see the figure “shake the pattern...as if she wanted to get out.” (6). The obsession of the wallpaper was to first, evade her situation which could only regress
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