The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Ghost Story of the Narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a tale of the Gothic tradition. Gilman wrote this story in a somewhat subversive manner, detailing the disturbing and ridiculous nature of medical treatment, specifically the “rest cure” that was popular during the Victorian Era. It could be argued that the narrator is a ghost herself, made that way by the repression of her individuality by her husband and society. The form in which the story is written, the genre in which it belongs to, and the character of the narrator describes the ways in which the narrator struggles to fight the society that made her a ghost of herself. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written in journal form. The narrator tells this story in her journal, hiding it from her husband, as she is forbidden to read or write during her convalescence. It can be argued that the narrator has not delved into madness at all, but rather hangs on to enough of her sanity to write accurately in a journal that she knows to hide. Jonathan Crewe, author of the article “Queering ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’”, believes that this is actually the case, and that “beyond her own revolt against the therapy to which she is subjected, the protagonist becomes the exemplary subject of power/knowledge as her ‘madness’ progresses” (Crewe, 274). He goes on to further make his point in that despite the narrator’s “insanity”, the structure of the story is still poised.…

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