The Yellow Wallpaper | Study Guide

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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the-yellow-wallpaper-charlotte-perkins-gilmanSymbolsMoonSymbolizes womanhood and being mentally active at nightYellow WallpaperRepresents confinement as it traps the narrators thoughtsEstateReflects and worsens the narrators isolation and mental condition ConfinementThe narrator is restricted by her surroundings and her husband, and symbolically her thoughts are confined by the wallpapers pattern.Women's RolesAs a woman, the narrator lacks liberty, agency, and meaningful work. The roles of mother and homemaker are taken on by others, leaving her idle.Mental IllnessThe narrators declining mental condition has internal and external origins and effects.Miles from ancestral hall” to the nearest town3Years Gilman spent lecturing on marriage, family, labor, and ethics in the 1890s5Year Gilman had postpartum experiences that inspired The Yellow Wallpaper1887Year Gilman published Women and Economics to support womens financial independence1898The Yellow Wallpaperby the NumbersDAWNMain CharactersMaryWoman who cares for the narrators babyNarratorWoman deprived of meaningful activity; in a state of psychosisJennieJohns sister; helps take care of domestic dutiesJohnNarrators well-meaning but condescending husband hen you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide—plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.NarratorSources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica,Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University, "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins GilmanCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN1860–1935A feminist, lecturer, and writer, Gilman experienced severe postpartum depression during her marriage to artist Charles Walter Stetson. Her experiences throughout this illness and her need for meaningful workrather than inactivity—prompted the writing of The Yellow Wallpaper.”AuthorTHEMESSet in the late 19th century on a remote country estate, The Yellow Wallpapershows one womans descent from depression into extreme crisis. The restrictions and inactivity prescribed to treat her actually lead to increasing paranoia, wild imaginings, hallucinations, and finally mental breakdown.The Idle Path to InsanityCharlotte Perkins Gilman1892EnglishAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe YellowWallpaperDramaShort Story

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