' The Yellow Wall-Paper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The short story of The Yellow Wall-Paper written in 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is very unique in the way the author portrayed the story to the public in a psychological manner and made a feminist art piece. The short story is told by the narrator who is not named throughout the story seems to have mental illness and feels abandoned. The narrator mentions how she feels depressed and her husband John who is a physician does not believe she is sick. According to the narrator, “ John does not know how much I suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer and that satisfies him.” (The Yellow Wall-Paper, p. 649) This describes how she knows she has a problem and the ones around her do not seem to understand the magnitude of her illness. She …show more content…
Charlotte had a very difficult childhood because her father abandoned the family giving the mother a challenging task to raise two kids on her own. Due to this Charlotte’s mother would migrate often, which cause problems in Charlotte’s education. Frederick Beecher Perkins was Charlotte’s father who was a close relative to the well-known Beecher family. Harriet Beecher Stowe who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin formed part of that family. It is unbelievable how two influential people; Charlotte Gilman and Harriet Beecher came from the same family. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet revolutionized the civil war by writing a book that angered Northerners to abolish slavery. Meanwhile, Charlotte Gilman was a women’s right activist and wrote The Yellow Wall-Paper her most popular work to demonstrate the idea of feminism. Gilman used this short story to communicate what she thought and felt about the world. Charlotte believed women should be treated the same as …show more content…
The narrator’s husband John was a doctor and he wanted to treat her wife by taking her to a house three miles away from the village. John’s way to cure his wife was by letting her stay in a room covered by busy yellow wall-paper, with bar windows and the floor full of scratches. John believed that by doing nothing she would feel better. The narrator began to write as a form of relief, eventually, John found out and he did not like the idea of her writing he thought that by doing nothing she would feel better. Back in the day, depression was not seem as a big deal in fact there cure was often known as the “rest cure”. The rest cure was a length of time during a patient did minimal physical activity and had very limited mental stimulation. Finally, the story ends with John fainting as he enters the room and sees that his wife had torn all the wallpaper

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