The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories Best Known For The Title Story Of This Collection, A Harrowing Tale Of A Woman S Descent Into Madness, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Wrote Than Other Short Stories Seven Of Her Finest Are Reprinted HereWritten From A Feminist Perspective, Often Focusing On The Inferior Status Accorded To Women By Society, The Tales Include Turned, An Ironic Story With A Startling Twist, In Which A Husband Seduces And Impregnates A Na Ve Servant Cottagette, Concerning The Romance Of A Young Artist And A Man Who S Apparently Too Good To Be True Mr Peebles Heart, A Liberating Tale Of A Fiftyish Shopkeeper Whose Sister In Law, A Doctor, Persuades Him To Take A Solo Trip To Europe, With Revivifying Results The Yellow Wallpaper And Three Other Outstanding StoriesThese Charming Tales Are Not Only Highly Readable And Full Of Humor And Invention, But Also Offer Ample Food For Thought About The Social, Economic, And Personal Relationship Of Men And Women And How They Might Be ImprovedThe Yellow Wallpaper Three Thanksgivings The Cottagette Turned Making A Change If I Were A Man Mr Peebles Heart Woo, intense Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yup, that was me enjoying the spiralling descent into madness Ok all jokes aside, mental health is a serious issue and something which isfragile than we realise do not take it for granted people We are lucky enough to live in a time when people recognise and understand depression and constructive, helpful treatments can be offered Unfortunately for Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she inhabited the tail end of the Victoria Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yup, that was me enjoying the spiralling descent into madness Ok all jokes aside, mental health is a serious issue and something which isfragile than we realise do not take it for granted people We are lucky enough to live in a time when people recognise and understand depression and constructive, helpful treatments can be offered Unfortunately for Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she inhabited the tail end of the Victorian Period when depression, post natal or otherwise was a totally mysterious and misunderstood thing A perfect Victorian solution to outward displays of unusualness was to put you in an assylum prison attic foreign country delete as viable depending on income and social status and then just tell the neighbours that you were either indisposed for a reaaaaaaallllly long time, or that you were having a little holiday Similar to the little holiday you got sent on if you managed to get knocked up without having bagged yourself a husband first Basically, you were disappeared for a while thus making everyone feel that society had been saved the awful sight of you making a show of yourself Phew, well we wouldn t want to upset society now, heaven forbid The Yellow Wallpaper is Perkins Gilmans attempt to express the hopelessness of mental illness effectively an invisible, inescapable cage around your mind reflected by the imagery of the caged in woman locked behind the patterns in the wallpaper , which no one in the 1890s was capable of diagnosing correctly Gilmans suffered from depression and so knew what she was writing about I do always struggle with the idea of the self restraint which was exhibited by many of these women, the character in the Yellow Wallpaper included If someone had repeatedly patronised me and told me that really there was nothing wrong with me apart from a mild case of nerves and the tendancy to be a bit hysterical, I d have probably reacted by shouting HOW S THIS FOR HYSTERICAL MOTHER F CKER , before destroying all the furniture in the room This snippet of text is short, sharp and truly sad with a suitably ambiguous ending, after all where does the madness end This wallpaper has a kind of subpattern in a different shade, a particularly irritating one, for you can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then But in the places where it isn t faded and where the sun is just so I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design Classic horror in small doses provided by an author I had not heard about but who is now someone I will seek out for other stories The YellowThis wallpaper has a kind of subpattern in a different shade, a particularly irritating one, for you can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then But in the places where it isn t faded and where the sun is just so I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design Classic horror in small doses provided by an author I had not heard about but who is now someone I will seek out for other stories The Yellow Wallpaper tells the story of a woman who is incarcerated in her own house and basically confined to rest in a room without being allowed to do anything No work, no mental diversion All because her keepers mainly her husband believe this is what is best for her, even though he does not understand the reason for the woman s illnessJohn does not know how much I really suffer He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him Over the three months of her confinement, the woman has nothing to occupy her mind except for the room she is in and the wallpaper hanging in piecesIt is a big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore It was nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium, I should judge for the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things in the walls The paint and paper look as if a boys school had used it It is stripped off the paper in great patches all around the head of my bed, about as far as I can reach, and in a great place on the other side of the room low down I never saw a worse paper in my life One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin In fact, the description of the room strongly reminded me of Stefan Zweig s Chess Story, where a prisoner is held and where isolation, inactivity, and a bare room is used as a form of torture In order to keep sane, the prisoner starts an imaginary chess game against himself, which he cannot win.So, when reading The Yellow Wallpaper s first few chapters, I suspected that the story might reveal similar motives As the paragraphs went on, however, I became less interested in the motives of the carers or captors and instead increasingly interested in the woman s identity She is not named Was she a person or was she a ghost For a story written in 1890, The Yellow Wallpaper packs a lot of punch I had not expected that the story was not really written as a horror story, but was written as social commentary based on the author s own experience, which in fact just adds to its poignancy When Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote the The Yellow Wallpaper, she knew about suffering from post natal depression and had first hand experience of the then newly developed prescription on rest cures a treatment consisted primarily in isolation, confinement to bed, dieting, electrotherapy and massage because she had been a patient of the developer of said cure, Silas Weir Mitchell, who even gets a mention in The Yellow Wallpaper I guess, this is another instance where fiction and fact are inseparable, and where circumstances that once described the fate of real people will now pass as classic horror I never saw a worse paper in my life One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions Oh my gawd This story creeped me out I have never heard ofThe Yellow Wallpaper until I saw tI never saw a worse paper in my life One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions Oh my gawd This story creeped me out I have never heard ofThe Yellow Wallpaper until I saw this post Reddit s r books , the books discussion forum After reading a few comments I decided to save it for reading in October when I tend to be in the mood for spooky readsThe Yellow Wallpaper is about a poor lady with a nervous disposition moving into a creepy but not haunted mansion with her husband and sister in law She is left to her own devices much of the time with little to do and she while away the time in her room with its disturbing yellow wallpaper Her husband, a doctor, instructs her to get a lot of rest and refrain from doing any work In the absence of anything to occupy her mind, she contemplates the colour and pattern of the wallpaper and begins to see things.This is a very effective and disturbing 1892 short story The author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, wanted to dothan give you the willies, however The story is her exploration of how women with mental health issues are condescended to and not taken seriously by the medical profession and even men in general, including those who love them.If you are looking for a quick, creepy read in apsychological horror vein,The Yellow Wallpaper is just what the doctor ordered F k the rest cure , man.Art by fit51391Notes Sorry I can t review the entireThe Yellow Wallpaper and Other Storiescollection, only have access to this story This story is in the public domain, grab a copy from Project Gutenberg An audiobook version is also available at Librivox.QuotesJohn has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency So I try But I must not think about that This paper looks to me as if it KNEW what a vicious influence it had There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down Looked at in one way each breadth stands alone, the bloated curves and flourishes a kind of debased Romanesque with delirium tremens go waddling up and down in isolated columns of fatuity Roland Barthes talked about writerly and readerly books I ve struggled for a long time, myself, in trying to come up for terms to talk about the differences between deliberate works and those which are too bumbling, too one sided, or too ill informed to make the reader think While The Yellow Wallpaper brings up interesting points, it does not really deal with them The text has become part of the canon not for the ability of the author, which is on thestimulating end of middling, but Roland Barthes talked about writerly and readerly books I ve struggled for a long time, myself, in trying to come up for terms to talk about the differences between deliberate works and those which are too bumbling, too one sided, or too ill informed to make the reader think While The Yellow Wallpaper brings up interesting points, it does not really deal with them The text has become part of the canon not for the ability of the author, which is on thestimulating end of middling, but because it works as a representational piece of a historical movement.As early feminism, this work is an undeniable influence It points out one of the most apparent symptoms of the double standard implied by the term weaker sex However, Gilman tends to suggestthan she asks, thus tending toward propaganda It may be easy to say this in retrospect when the question is isolating women and preventing them from taking action really healthy was less obvious back then However, I have always been reticent to rate a workhighly merely because it comes from a different age Austen, the Brontes, Christina Rossetti, and Woolf all stand on their own merits, after all.This symbolism by which this story operates is simplistic and repetitive The opinions expressed are one sided, leaving little room for interpretation This is really the author s crime, as she has not tried to open the debate so much as close it, and in imagining her opinion to mark the final word on the matter, has doomed her work to become less and less relevant.This is the perfect sort of story to teach those who are beginning literary critique, because it does not suggest questions to the reader, but answers Instead of fostering thought, the work becomes a puzzle with a solution to be worked out, not unlike a math problem This is useful for the reader trying to understand how texts can create meaning, but underrigorous critique, it is not deep or varied enough to supportcomplex readings.Unfortunately, this means it is also the sort of story that will be loved by people who would rather be answered than questioned It may have provided something new and intriguing when it was first written, but as a narrow work based on a simplistic sociological concept, can no longer make that claim.The story is also marked by early signs of the Gothic movement, and lying on the crux of that and Feminism, is not liable to be forgotten The symbolism it uses is a combination of classical representations of sickness and metaphors of imprisonment Sickness, imprisonment, and madness are the quintessential concepts explored by the Gothic writers, but this work is again quite narrow in its view While the later movement was interested in this in the sense of existential alienation, this story is interested in those things not as a deeper psychological question, but as the allegorical state of woman.Horror is partially defined by the insanity and utter loneliness lurking in everyone s heart, and is not quite so scary when the person is actually alone and mad Though it does come from the imposition of another person s will, which is horrific, the husband has no desire to be cruel or to harm the woman, nor is such even hinted subconsciously Of course, many modern feminists would cling to the notion that independent of a man s desire to aid, he can do only harm, making this work an excellent support to their politicized chauvinism.I won t question the historical importance or influence of this work, but it is literarily very simple A single page of paper accurately dating the writing of Shakespeare s Hamlet would also be historically important, but just because it is related to the threads of literary history does not mean it is fine literature The Yellow Wallpaper, first published in 1992, is now a staple of middle and high school English classes and college Gender and Women s Studies programs, linked to Kate Chopin s The Awakening, Ibsen s The Doll House and similar texts reflecting on the damage patriarchy does to society, especially to women Gilman wrote a lot of fiction, and also Women and Economics, was a friend of feminist and social reformer Jane Addams, and was increasingly a feminist critic of society.Gilman also experienc The Yellow Wallpaper, first published in 1992, is now a staple of middle and high school English classes and college Gender and Women s Studies programs, linked to Kate Chopin s The Awakening, Ibsen s The Doll House and similar texts reflecting on the damage patriarchy does to society, especially to women Gilman wrote a lot of fiction, and also Women and Economics, was a friend of feminist and social reformer Jane Addams, and was increasingly a feminist critic of society.Gilman also experienced a series of nervous breakdowns, and was treated for her condition in one of the best practices known at the time for women with melancholia with a rest cure, denied access to reading and writing or basically any kind of stimulation , a practice she features in this autobiographical fictional story There are a lot of theories about what is going on in the story it could be seen as an example of the gothic, worth of Lovecraft, a woman driven slowly by the patterns in the wallpaper in the room where she is kept isolated by her doctor husband She thinks it is a former nursery because there are bars on the windows, and one idea iis the large room was a gymnasium, because there are iron rings on the walls hey, is this really a sanitarium her husband has put her in She, who just recently gave birth to a baby, may have Post Partum Depression, which would not have been a diagnosis 100 years ago She may be driven crazy by her infantilizing, hyper rational husband, who might be seen as an emblem of the patriarchy, which has become the conventional reading, and mine It is convincingly chilling, regardless of your interpretation.I ve read it several times over the years, most recently for a class I am teaching on madness in literature 5 stars for The Yellow Wallpaper Excellent short story After looking into Gilman s traumatic inspiration for writing it, I was wowed.4 stars for the other stories included in this small book all were good. PREFACE TO REVIEW I have a soft spot for literature about descents into madness I blame it on my mother taking me to see Lost Highway in the theater at a young and tender age I also blame this film, to a larger extent, on my fashion sense from then to now Which is to say, I blame my mom Who is, in fact,sane than most Ah, suicide authors You do know madness so There have been a few times where I have personally thought that I was going off my rocker, but considering that I ve yet PREFACE TO REVIEW I have a soft spot for literature about descents into madness I blame it on my mother taking me to see Lost Highway in the theater at a young and tender age I also blame this film, to a larger extent, on my fashion sense from then to now Which is to say, I blame my mom Who is, in fact,sane than most Ah, suicide authors You do know madness so There have been a few times where I have personally thought that I was going off my rocker, but considering that I ve yet to seal my nonexistent children into a room so I can gas myself into the ever receptive arms of Deathor shot myself when I found out I had canceror poisoned myself with CHLOROFORM when I found out I had cancer like Gilman did I don t have cancer , then I guess I m doing fine, and far from at risk of being a mad genius whose descriptive abilities concerning my slow backward crawl away from the really real realities of for real realness are the first step in accepting my problem, which would be and is not insanity Well, you can t win em all, I guess For example, my rational mind begs me to wonder why in the hell Gilman opted for chloroform I mean if I were crazy WHICH I M NOT, YOU WILL RECALL , I could think of muchfashionable, delightful, actually seeing angels and heaven on your way out of this mortal coil and into the worm farm ways to go Just saying, you should always explore all of your options before making a firm decision on any matterparticularly those of notable importance The Yellow Wallpaper is a well written and I m sure at the time quite shocking and groundbreaking feminist rebel yell The title story is the bestestest oneit concerns a crazy bitch who goes all crazy like women tend to do KIDDING, GOODREADS TROLLS KEEP YOUR CORSETS ON AND CHILL, BABY GIRLS The description of the narrator s break with reality is beautifully constructed, exploring the process of reasoning that leads a crazy person to firmly believe that they are not crazy, because they ve been so gall darn rational the whole time as you will recall, I myself am not crazy Trust me, I ve thought it through The rest of the stories present powerful critiques of male female power dynamics, as well as female female dynamics from the most sincere to the most socially fabricated, destructive and sadly often digested It says to the readers consider the audience1890 s folks How about NOT THAT Have you ever considered NOT THAT Maybe that is a poisonous thought pattern worthy of, perhaps, a consideration of exploring whatever is NOT THAT A message worth hearing, and which left its mark on perceptions of gender and identity from 1892 forward You can t really criticize something like that, can you A CRITICISM There is one story in the book called Turned which tells of a married couple and their adopted from the streets mega hot girl daughter figure SPOILER ALERT Daddy figure knocks her up Mommy Dearest finds out, and is a whee bit upset Here is this girl that she had saved from a life of poverty, personally educated, fed, clothed, the WORKSall of this only to find out that the ungrateful little brat doll has been fucking your husband WTF , you say Yeah, that s right It s called righteous vindication, and she deserved to experience and work through every bit of her initial feelings of anger THEY WERE WELL DESERVED However, Gilman s perspective is that the only person who has done anything wrong is the father figure I know, you may be thinking I smell a Humbert Humbert, but let me fill you in on a little detail The character being presented as a victim of the savageries of the male sex so to speak is 18 years old Not 12 Not 14 Not 5 She is EIGHTEEN They say that thirty is the new twenty, which would lead me to believe that in 1892, this poor, innocent victim was approaching her 30 s as far as everyone else was concerned Despite this fact, the mother changes her mind, puts on her man hater suit, and takes the young WOMAN away and raises the child with her, abandoning the man to dwell in his regret without giving him a single opportunity to be involved in the life of his child This rubbed me the wrong way, and it is my one truly deep gripe with this book It just seemed so, forgive me butfemi nazi Pardon the cliche, but they say it takes two to tango for a reason, people.In short, read it It only takes an hour or two And never assume you can get away with cheating especially if you re living it up in the pre birth control days, thankyouverymuch Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the ensuing feminists you directly inspired This ramble is over The Yellow Wallpaper and Other StoriesCharlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform.In her lifetime, she wrote over 200 short stories 7 of them are included here.The Yellow Wallpaper I could have never imagined that a story describing wallpaper could be so engrossing The descriptions, however, depict a woman going deeper and deeper into madness And how the misdiagnosis of he The Yellow Wallpaper and Other StoriesCharlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform.In her lifetime, she wrote over 200 short stories 7 of them are included here.The Yellow Wallpaper I could have never imagined that a story describing wallpaper could be so engrossing The descriptions, however, depict a woman going deeper and deeper into madness And how the misdiagnosis of her husband aided in that descent.Three Thanksgivings How a woman triumphs and gets her own way.The Cottagette What IS the fastest way to a man s heart Turned A woman betrayed finds an answer.Making a Change Two women collaborate to bring happiness to their lives.If I Were a Man A woman morphed into a man, hears the men s thoughts.Mr Peebles Heart A strong, unselfish woman helps an unselfish man and changes her selfish sister, to boot These stories are the workings of a strong, feminist author describing strong women who show their strength through charm and grace Reminds me of a steel magnolia The stories read so well and all ended so satisfactorily Strongly recommend.5 stars This well written story about a depressed and possibly deranged woman who is convinced that the wallpaper of her bedroom is haunted possessed inhabited reminded me of China Mieville s Details, which appears in his short story collection Looking for Jake In both, the devil is indeed in the details OLIVIER DELAYEAuthor of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series

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  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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  • 10 October 2018
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