Mobi ê The Yellow Wallpaper ✓ Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Best known for the 1892 title story of this collection a harrowing tale of a woman's descent into madness Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote than 200 other short stories Seven of her finest are reprinted hereWritten from a feminist perspective often focusing on the inferior status accorded to women by society the tales include turned an ironic story with a start Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yup that was me enjoying the spiralling descent into madness Ok all jokes aside mental health is a serious issue and something which is fragile than we realise do not take it for granted people We are lucky enough to live in a time when people recognise and understand depression and constructive helpful treatments can be offered Unfortunately for Charlotte Perkins Gilman she inhabited the tail end of the Victorian Period when depression post natal or otherwise was a totally mysterious and misunderstood thing A perfect Victorian solution to outward displays of unusualness was to put you in an assylumprisonatticforeign country delete as viable depending on income and social status and then just tell the neighbours that you were either indisposed for a reaaaaaaallllly long time or that you were having a little holiday Similar to the little holiday you got sent on if you managed to get knocked up without having bagged yourself a husband first Basically you were disappeared for a while thus making everyone feel that society had been saved the awful sight of you making a show of yourself Phew well we wouldn't want to upset society now heaven forbidThe Yellow Wallpaper is Perkins Gilmans attempt to express the hopelessness of mental illness; effectively an invisible inescapable cage around your mind reflected by the imagery of the caged in woman locked behind the patterns in the wallpaper which no one in the 1890s was capable of diagnosing correctly Gilmans suffered from depression and so knew what she was writing about I do always struggle with the idea of the self restraint which was exhibited by many of these women the character in the Yellow Wallpaper included If someone had repeatedly patronised me and told me that really there was nothing wrong with me apart from a mild case of nerves and the tendancy to be a bit hysterical I'd have probably reacted by shoutingHOW'S THIS FOR HYSTERICAL MOTHER FCKER before destroying all the furniture in the room This snippet of text is short sharp and truly sad with a suitably ambiguous ending after all where does the madness end?
Charlotte Perkins Gilman ✓ The Yellow Wallpaper Ebook
The Yellow WallpaperLing twist in which a husband seduces and impregnates a naïve servant; Cottagette concerning the romance of a young artist and a man who's apparently too good to be true; Mr Peebles' Heart a liberating tale of a fiftyish shopkeeper whose sister in law a doctor persuades him to take a solo trip to Europe with revivifying results; The Yellow Wallpaper; and th This wallpaper has a kind of subpattern in a different shade a particularly irritating one for you can only see it in certain lights and not clearly then But in the places where it isn’t faded and where the sun is just so—I can see a strange provoking formless sort of figure that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design Classic horror in small doses provided by an author I had not heard about but who is now someone I will seek out for other stories The Yellow Wallpaper tells the story of a woman who is incarcerated in her own house and basically confined to rest in a room without being allowed to do anything No work no mental diversion All because her keepers mainly her husband believe this is what is best for her even though he does not understand the reason for the woman's illness John does not know how much I really suffer He knows there is no reason to suffer and that satisfies him Over the three months of her confinement the woman has nothing to occupy her mind except for the room she is in and the wallpaper hanging in pieces It is a big airy room the whole floor nearly with windows that look all ways and air and sunshine galore It was nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children and there are rings and things in the walls The paint and paper look as if a boys’ school had used it It is stripped off—the paper—in great patches all around the head of my bed about as far as I can reach and in a great place on the other side of the room low down I never saw a worse paper in my life One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin In fact the description of the room strongly reminded me of Stefan Zweig's Chess Story where a prisoner is held and where isolation inactivity and a bare room is used as a form of torture In order to keep sane the prisoner starts an imaginary chess game against himself which he cannot winSo when reading The Yellow Wallpaper's first few chapters I suspected that the story might reveal similar motives As the paragraphs went on however I became less interested in the motives of the carers or captors and instead increasingly interested in the woman's identity She is not named Was she a person or was she a ghost? For a story written in 1890 The Yellow Wallpaper packs a lot of punch I had not expected that the story was not really written as a horror story but was written as social commentary based on the author's own experience which in fact just adds to its poignancy When Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote the The Yellow Wallpaper she knew about suffering from post natal depression and had first hand experience of the then newly developed prescription on rest cures a treatment consisted primarily in isolation confinement to bed dieting electrotherapy and massage because she had been a patient of the developer of said cure Silas Weir Mitchell who even gets a mention in The Yellow Wallpaper I guess this is another instance where fiction and fact are inseparable and where circumstances that once described the fate of real people will now pass as classic horror