The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1874 Words Apr 21st, 2016 8 Pages
Paper Is Tougher Than It Appears
American gothic literature was an unusual and specific genre addressing the social dilemmas of the time through poetry, haunting tales and insane stories. It is the strangeness within the familiar and the familiar within the strange. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an accomplished American author who wrote on the subjects of social reform, feminism and oppression in the late nineteen hundreds, the American gothic era. Gilman’s most debated work is undoubtedly “The Yellow Wallpaper” a short story that was unrecognized in its time and currently is a magnificent work claimed as a pillar for feminism, mental treatment, freedom etc. This complex tale is all that and more, but, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is most importantly a creative commentary on the worst of which mankind is capable concerning oppression, the stifling of logical thinking and crippling self-delusion.
The oppression shown in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is one of the worst things mankind can do. In the work Gilman uses an inanimate object, lurid yellow wallpaper, to symbolize the confines society placed upon women, mental patients, radical thinkers. Initially considering yellow walloper, the image of sunshine, joy and purity comes to mind. That view is soon violently displaced, Gilam describes the wallpaper, “[t]he color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight…... No wonder the children…

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