The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 3, 1860- August 17, 1935) was a feminist, sociologist, novelist, and writer. She started off selling soap bars door to door. She then moved to Pasadena and became part of the social reform movement. In 1896, she represented California as a delegate at the Suffrage Convention in Washington, D.C. and the International Socialist and Labor Congress in England. In 1890, Nationalism was introduced to Gilman. Her poem, “Similar Cases”, was published the Nationalist magazine. During that year she fell in love with writing and begin to write fifteen essays, poems, a novel, and short stories. She also became a role model for the feminist movement for her unusual image and behavior. In her intriguing short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, she portrays her feministic point of views. The narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an unnamed woman. She recently had a child and is going through post-partum depression. Her and her family decided to get away for the summer and stay at a mansion. John, her husband, decides to put her in the room upstairs to keep her away from stressful occasions and upsetting events so she can relax. She writes in her journal daily, and begins to slowly go into psychosis without any incentive. The room her husband put her in has yellow wallpaper, and she becomes highly obsessed with the patterns and figures in the wallpaper. She starts to believe the woman in the pattern is trying to escape and be free. The narrator tries to help
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