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T is very seldom that mere ordi nary P""ople like. John and myself secure ancestral hall s for the summer. A colonial man sion, a hereditary estate, I would. Book: The Yellow Wallpaper. The Yellow Wallpaper is a 6,word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.
The narrator is distraught by the forced inactivity of the rest cure for which she is taken to a country mansion by her authoritarian husband. In an article in American Literature, Barbara Hochman explains how The Yellow Wallpaper represents contemporary concerns that women read in order to escape their lives. The Yellow Wallpaper is rich with symbolism and imagery. The narrator of the story seeks, and ultimately finds, escape from physical imprisonment, from a forced state of infantilism that is imposed by her husband and by the patriarchal society of 19th century America, from the perceived scrutiny of the floral elements of the wallpaper that gives the story its title, and from her own identity. The narrator experiences physical, mental, and emotional imprisonment at the hands of her husband, John, and his sister, Jennie. Throughout the story, the upstairs nursery bedroom is represented as a prison. The floral design on the yellow wallpaper appears, to the narrator, to be bars imprisoning the woman the narrator imagines to be behind the lurid, floral design.
It is noteworthy that the narrator sees the bars as a means of containing children in the room, and not as a means of punishing a criminal, making the nursery more like the psychiatric ward than the penitentiary. Women in her class and culture are treated as children by their society, but they are not seen as evil or as wrong-doers.
Just as the narrator seeks escape from imprisonment in her physical surroundings, she also seeks escape from a kind of repression exerted by her contemporary society.
She experiences enforced infantilism at the hands of her husband, John. The narrator is seen to be treated as a child because the room in which she lives is meant to be a nursery.
She is kept in the nursery, but the baby is not. Although John shares the nursery with his wife, she is often kept there by herself while he is away from the house on business, so it is as though she is confined in the nursery by herself.
In addition to placing his wife in the nursery, John forbids the narrator to do any work. This is a primary feature of the rest cure, but it also casts the narrator in the role of a child who does not work for the support of her family.
The infantilizing of the narrator progresses in her own mind until she is reduced to crawling on the floor like a young child. These elements represent the scrutiny society makes of lives of women, and especially of creative women and of women who are not obedient to their husbands. The narrator is one such woman; her writing informs her creative nature and her surreptitious continuation of her writing informs her marital and feminine disobedience.
While she is not scrutinized by members of contemporary society while she is sequestered in the country mansion, her internal feelings of guilt at violating the rules of her society cause her to imagine that the wallpaper watches her. Bak discusses the scrutiny the narrator experiences from the eyes that she perceives in the wallpaper para. The narrator seeks to escape the scrutiny of the wallpaper and, by extension, the suffocating scrutiny of society and the behavioral requirements of society, when she systematically tears the wallpaper from the walls of the nursery throughout the story.
Not only does the narrator watch the wallpaper, the Analyzing The Yellow Wallpaper 6 watches the narrator. It also indicates that she feels trapped by the scrutiny of the wallpaper and that she recognizes that being trapped is something undesirable.
The narrator experiences a break with reality in the course of the story, which represents an escape from her ordinary life. She begins to relate to the woman she perceives behind the wallpaper. At first, she only perceives the woman vaguely. At this point, the woman in the wallpaper is a completely separate entity from the narrator. The narrator knows on an unconscious level that she is trapped by society and by her controlling husband, but she is unable to escape her physical reality.
Instead, her imagination starts to have the woman in the wallpaper try to escape from behind the floral design with its watchful eyes. The woman shakes the pattern of the wallpaper just as the narrator wishes she could shake herself free of the patriarchal controls of society.
As the narrator entertains the imaginary idea of escape, she becomes more hopeful for her own escape. The narrator projects her desire for escape onto the woman, and the narrator imagines that the woman has become free of her imprisonment, if only for short periods.
She particularly misses the intellectual act of writing and conversation, and this account is written in a diary that she hides from her husband. They move into the room at the top of the house, which the narrator supposes is a former nursery since it has barred windows and peeling yellow wallpaper. This repellent yellow wallpaper becomes a major force in the story, as the narrator grows obsessed with deciphering its seemingly incomprehensible, illogical patterns.
She continues to hide the diary from John, and grows more and more convinced that the wallpaper contains a malevolent force that threatens the whole home. From her room, she can see a shaded lane, the bay, and an overgrown garden.
When she can escape the attention of her husband and Jennie, his sister, she continues her study of the wallpaper and begins to imagine she can see a mysterious figure hiding behind the top pattern.
She tries to convince her husband that they should leave the house, but he insists that she is improving and sees indulging her concerns as encouraging a dangerous, fanciful nature, when what is required is self-control. Her fascination with the wallpaper takes over her life.
Rather it emerged from Charlotte's troubled relationship with her husband Walter, personified in the story's physician. In demanding a traditional wife, Walter denied Charlotte personal freedom, squelched her intellectual energy, and characterized her illness.
Anglican Archbishop Peter Carnley used the story as a reference and a metaphor for the situation of women in the church in his sermon at the ordination of the first women priests in Australia on 7 March in St George's Cathedral, Perth. Having created The Forerunner in November , Gilman made it clear she wished the press to be more insightful and not rely upon exaggerated stories and flashy headlines. Gilman was often scandalized in the media and resented the sensationalism of the media.
The relationship between the narrator and the wallpaper within the story parallels Gilman's relationship to the press. The protagonist describes the wallpaper as having "sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin".
Treichler's article "Escaping the Sentence: Diagnosis and Discourse in 'The Yellow Wallpaper'", she places her focus on the relationship portrayed in the short story between women and writing. Rather than write about the feminist themes which view the wallpaper as something along the lines of ".
Treichler illustrates that through this discussion of language and writing, in the story Charlotte Perkins Gilman is defying the ".
This is supported in the fact that John, the narrator's husband, does not like his wife to write anything, which is the reason her journal containing the story is kept a secret and thus is known only by the narrator and reader.
A look at the text shows that as the relationship between the narrator and the wallpaper grows stronger, so too does her language in her journal as she begins to increasingly write of her frustration and desperation.
Judith Gallagher, and directed by Melinda Benton-Muller. In May , Benton-Muller and Dr. The play was inspired by "The Yellow Wallpaper," but focuses on exploring postnatal depression and postpartum psychosis in the present day and uses shadow work cast behind wallpaper to represent the "Shadow Woman" which new mother Julie sees as part of her psychosis.
This production was well received by critics and won a "Best of Fringe" award. The play was directed by Philip Cuomo. McCarty had originally written a treatment of the story in the late s on spec for a television anthology.
The idea was shelved, but the treatment was eventually revised for Confinement. In , the story was loosely adapted into a feature-length film called The Yellow Wallpaper, directed by Logan Thomas, starring Aric Cushing. The adapted screenplay was written by Amy Liz Roberts. The project began as a one-act stage play titled, Yellow Book A Story".