The Yellow Wallpaper is a famous story written by Charlotte Gilman, and it still remains one of the most important feminist literary works. It was introduced to the general public more than 1 century ago, and its plot revolves around the secret journal written by one woman who is supposed to recover from her nervous depression according to her husband’s opinion. It’s worth mentioning that he’s a physician.
This story may appear horrible and psychological because the narrator is becoming more and more paranormal and mad. The husband of a major character is called John, but he fails to take her disease seriously, just like her. He just keeps prescribing her new treatments, including the so-called rest cure so that she is supposed to spend almost the entire time at home, in her own bedroom.
It’s no wonder she feels discouraged to do anything intellectual, even if she believes that it may do something good to her overall condition. This is when she decides to write secretly because she is not allowed to spend a lot of time with other people. It’s clear that her husband keeps treating her as a kid because he makes all important decisions for her, including the one to isolate her from everything she likes.
Some readers may think that John wants to take care of her, and this is what she also believes in. Keep in mind that this opinion is also reflected in her scary journal. Pay attention to her bedroom because it’s not something that she wants because it was a nursery in the past, and it’s another symbol used by the author to emphasize a return of this character to infancy. She is treated as both a kid and a prisoner by her own husband who decides to get rid of everything that may hint on irrationality and emotions. For instance, when she tells him that yellow wallpapers disturb her, he refused to change them. If there is something that John doesn’t want to accept, he starts calling is irrational.
When the main character wants to have reasonable conversations and discuss the entire situation, she starts crying. However, John doesn’t want to understand her tears as suffering so that he keeps considering her irrational. He also uses this situation as another proof that she can’t make any important decisions. John simply doesn’t want to realize that her issues and worries are real. In conclusion, the main female character represents both resistance to social norms and victimization to them, and she becomes a creeping woman in the end.
The Yellow Wallpaper is a famous story written by Charlotte Gilman, and it still remains one of the most important feminist literary works. It was introduced to the general public more than 1 century ago, and its plot revolves around the secret journal written by one woman who is supposed to recover from her nervous depression according to her husband’s opinion.