The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Pages: 3 (708 words) Published: March 19, 2018


Out of the Shadows
If you were trapped in a room, approaching insanity with nothing to do but stare at an old wall paper what would you do? In the book the Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a woman is oppressed and discriminated by her gender, being forced to inhabit an old nursery in a creepy mansion. Social oppression among women within this time was extremely common and is displayed on the narrator of this story. The Yellow Wallpaper is a story of mystery and horror, was the narrator going crazy or was this strange home really haunted? With in the Yellow Wallpaper the narrator is moved based to a strange home due to her mental depression, her husband , an “all knowing” physician has decided the best cure for this is isolation....

This home drives her crazy, she see and hears things that are not there but maybe is the house haunted? Are the creeping women real and are tormented spirits attempting to contact the women living there. The narrator in the beginning of this story even claims to get an odd feeling when entering this establishment, “I would say a haunted house.”(page 1 pdf) The narrator is laughed at for even suggesting the fact that the house may be haunted but what if all of the supernatural things witnessed by the narrator were real? This story reflects on the way women were treated and how when she tries to say something she is merely ignored or even laughed at like a...

The Wallpaper could have really been holding captive tormented spirits or ghosts. The Wallpaper could have also been the product of a crazy womens imagination, and her slip into complete insanity. But could the wallpaper have been the narrators reflection on how she was wrongly mistreated by men? Women to this day are socially oppressed but we can only imagine and read of how awful living in this time was for the female population. The Yellow Wallpaper is a mystery as to its meaning for readers but to the narrator, what did she think the Yellow Wallpaper was, did she perceive the wallpaper at first as normal or did she always know that the wallpaper was a reflection of not only herself but her...
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