Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “the Yellow Wallpaper” Feminist Literature

Topics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Silas Weir Mitchell Pages: 3 (842 words) Published: August 25, 2013
English 3 AP
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Feminist Literature
Literary Understanding:
Section 1:
* That their house is this grand and elegant mansion far from the hustle and bustle of the village. Outside the house the estate is covered with a wonderful garden that is filled with “box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them.”The room they abide in seems to be spacious, open, and somewhat ugly due to the yellow wallpaper. * The narrator’s husband John is a physician; being that he is a doctor he doesn’t believe that his wife is sick and will not treat her “illness” professionally. * He seems to be the one that always knows what best for people, especially his wife. When asked to change rooms she is denied because he believes that she needs a room with more air to help her get better. “He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction.” * The nursery proved to have different purposes in that is could’ve been a playroom and a gymnasium for children. Because it was a children’s room is was torn up with barred windows to keep the children safe, but for the narrator the bars could feel more like a prison. * The wallpaper is described with such hatred, and so all that we know about the wallpaper is that it is this putrid fading yellow that has this irritating pattern that “when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide…” Section 2:

* The narrator completely loathes the wallpaper and seems to think of such detailed images when looking at the odd patterns in the torn parts of the wallpaper. She gets so “positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness” of the wallpaper that she wants John to change it or move to a different room. * The first is Mary, who is in charge of taking care of John’s and the narrator’s baby while she is away seeking treatment for her illness. Then there is John’s...
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