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!FREE EPUB ♋ The Yellow Wall-Paper ⚆ It is stripped off the paper in great patches The colour is repellent 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 Based on the author s own experiences, The Yellow Wallpaper is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the rest cure prescribed after the birth of her child Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mindCharlotte Perkins Gilman was America s leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century In addition to her masterpiece The Yellow Wallpaper , this new edition includes a selection of her best short fiction and extracts from her autobiography Here follows the diary of a moronic Victorian husband Three days before treatment I ve got a great idea My wife is suffering from low mood So I, being an extremely practical Victorian man, have decided that the best solution for the problem is to restrain her in the house This isclearlya brilliant idea Our marriage simply doesn t restrain her faculties enough.It makes sense you see I got the idea from the prestigious Dr Silas Mitchell He describing what he calls his rest cure for Here follows the diary of a moronic Victorian husband Three days before treatment I ve got a great idea My wife is suffering from low mood So I, being an extremely practical Victorian man, have decided that the best solution for the problem is to restrain her in the house This isclearlya brilliant idea Our marriage simply doesn t restrain her faculties enough.It makes sense you see I got the idea from the prestigious Dr Silas Mitchell He describing what he calls his rest cure for hysterical women, wrote, I do not permit the patient to sit up or to sew or write or read The only action allowed is that needed to clean the teeth At the end of six weeks to two months of such treatment, he says the women would be good as new So I m going to try this on my wife Can you not see the sheer intellect behind the idea This will solve everything just you wait and see 1 day into treatment I ve restricted my wife s freedom incredibly I direct her every action for her own safety She eats what I tell her, when I tell her And she has to stay in our bedroom all day This will soon be over she only has a temporary nervous depression She babbles on to me about her problems at night I don t have time for them I m a man you see So that means respectability and shutting down any sign of emotion I told her to go to sleep, this will soon be over 7 days into treatment I caught my wife writing in a journal What an impetuous woman she is Does she not understand that these restrictions are for her own safety I do this because I must have a trophy wife In public we must be seen as a successful couple with an air of respectability She can t be jotting down such nonsense and expressing her thoughts I told her to stop She doesn t need the distraction She needs to be well again, for my sake 14 days into treatment My wife has taken a turn for the worse She barely eats and she just sleeps all day She says she needs a vocation she needs something to do to pass the time, and test her intellects What silly notions What sheclearly needs isrestriction That s the only way she will get over her aliment She keeps talking about the wallpaper, says she wants the room decorated because it feels like a prison She says it reminds her of bars I cannot be doing with it, I told her to go to sleep I ve got man things to do in the morning 30 days into treatment My wife has gone mad I think she will have to be locked away I entered the room and what I beheld was sheer depravity Such animalistic behaviour, I passed out I could not bear the sight The treatment did not work I should have restricted herShe had far too much excitement, locked in the house all day with that extremely entertaining wallpaper I should have left her in darkness That would have worked Note to self Tell Dr Silas Mitchell of this discovery The truly scary thing about this story is how real it is This is the rest cure Victorian women were subjected to, and the journal I wrote here is the ridiculous rationale that drove it The author of this story was actually administered this cure Her own experienced informed her narrator s perspective It s terrible that something like this had to be written to show how stupid these ideas were This is a very powerful story, and this was a very stupid husband Penguin Little Black Classic 42 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn t help it they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman written in 1892 is considered a story that is a leading feminist view about a woman s place in a traditional marriage during that time period Gilman herself was an intellectual voice and staunch supporter of women s rights in marriage Most leading magazines refused to publish this story and it was lost for many years Once recovered, it has become an often talked about story in many literary anthologies The protagonist of this story is taken t The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman written in 1892 is considered a story that is a leading feminist view about a woman s place in a traditional marriage during that time period Gilman herself was an intellectual voice and staunch supporter of women s rights in marriage Most leading magazines refused to publish this story and it was lost for many years Once recovered, it has become an often talked about story in many literary anthologies The protagonist of this story is taken to the country to recover from an unnamed illness Upon finding out that the nurse cares for the baby, one is lead to believe that the illness is postpartum depression, leading to a mental breakdown The protagonist s husband and brother are both doctors and believe that the country would help lead to her recovery Both men believe that women are for the most part subservient to men The husband calls her my girl and lamb, all tender words of affection, denouncing her feelings As a result, the suffering woman is brought to the country against her better wishes While in the country, she stays in a room with crumbling, yellow wallpaper Rather than improving her health, the patterns lead her to a greater state of mental illness She creates stories out of the supposed paisley design and has delusions that a woman from the paper is out to get her Before it became decent to speak of mental illness, the best way to gain one s health was through treat and fresh air In this case, the rest caused the protagonist to suffer greatly, leading to her demise, much like the story s author The Yellow Wall Paper was not as much of a literary masterpiece but a landmark noting a woman s place in a marriage and what could occur to women following the birth of her children Gilman s work is now widely studied but denounced upon publication More than one hundred years later, The Yellow Wall Paper is a worthy study, and a story that leads to invoking discussions Unbelievable Incredible and compelling story If it were nothing but a horror, it succeeded If it were someone s depiction of what her real life reaction was like to a very harmful medical treatment was which it is , it succeeded I ll be reading this many times. This is not a happy story not even in the slightest Our protagonist and her husband and sister in law are spending 3 months in a rented home during renovations of their own home The woman recently had a baby and has not been able to recover her energy nor the will to accomplish anything She is a writer but her husband, a physician, tells her not to write because it will only add to her fanciful state of being.On the one hand, he is very controlling and his wife sees that as a display of l This is not a happy story not even in the slightest Our protagonist and her husband and sister in law are spending 3 months in a rented home during renovations of their own home The woman recently had a baby and has not been able to recover her energy nor the will to accomplish anything She is a writer but her husband, a physician, tells her not to write because it will only add to her fanciful state of being.On the one hand, he is very controlling and his wife sees that as a display of love On the other hand, he carries her up the stairs to conserve her energy and tells her to get well quickly because he can t live without her and she is unable to respond appropriately.Their bedroom has yellow wallpaper which she becomes fixated on She describes the pattern and the sick yellow of its colour many times, and you can watch her mind grappling with reality theshe talks about the wallpaper It becomes an obsession, and theshe sees, thewe can see that she is on a slippery slope with no one to pull her back.This sad story of a psychological breakdown spirals from low energy and spirits into a very dark place in its few pages It serves as a cautionary tale because when asked, she insisted she was fine except for being tired She hid her feelings from her husband and sister in law, and what was at first a desire to put a good face on it became dangerous deception and deliberate avoidance Even toward herself.This is an amazing piece of writing and worth reading for the experience of better understanding mental illness and how it can subtly infect all areas of a person s life My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death One or the other of us has to go Oscar Wilde s alleged final words International Women s Day is perfect for reviewing this chilling short story, written by a utopian feminist in 1890 Yes, I opened with Wilde, but I couldn t resist, and he was also a victim of sexually related prejudice The Story John s wife Jennie s sister in law A baby s mother She is anonymous She writes furtively She is physically and mentally weak from tempora My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death One or the other of us has to go Oscar Wilde s alleged final words International Women s Day is perfect for reviewing this chilling short story, written by a utopian feminist in 1890 Yes, I opened with Wilde, but I couldn t resist, and he was also a victim of sexually related prejudice The Story John s wife Jennie s sister in law A baby s mother She is anonymous She writes furtively She is physically and mentally weak from temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency She is confined to rest in an attic room of a rented house, on the advice of her doctor husband A room with such ghastly yellow wallpaper that it becomes an obsession exacerbating, rather than alleviating her mental instability But they re staying in a hyperbolically beautiful place with a delicious garden Everyone is kind and caring and lovely Her doting, suffocating husband Her sister in law running the house, helping care for her And Mary, who is so good with the baby It s clear to the reader that the infantalising constraints and prohibition of mental and physical stimuli are as life sapping as any leaden cage, despite the shiny padlock She is cast deeper into the pit of helplessness her husband addresses her as little girl What s less certain is the motive of her carers Is she inherently mad, being manipulated, or just overly pampered When she chastises herself, you hear the insidious and undermining words of others I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes I m sure I never used to be so sensitive I think it is due to this nervous condition The question is how to get better compliance, defiance, or psychological escape The Wall PaperThe descriptions start off comically horrid, but realistic One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when 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 a smouldering unclean yellow As the narrator loses her hold on reality, the patterns seem to morph in sinister but enticing ways, with the changing light I was reminded of the Magic Eye pictures that were all the rage for a few years in the 1990s, but which I never learned to see in 3D The True StoryThis is semi autobiographical, but it wasn t post partum psychosis that ended Charlotte Perkins Gilman s life, nor the frustrations of patriarchal and controlling rest cures It was not even the breast cancer that tried its damndest In her own words, she took control and chose chloroform over cancer NowadaysWith an autocratic misogynist recently elected as the most powerful person in the world, the suppression of women s autonomy, whether clothed in good intentions or not, is as important an issue as ever The war for equality is not yet won Sources, Notes, and LinksYou can read the story, free, on Project Gutenberg, HERE.For a slightly different, but equally provoking take on a similar situation, see The Victorian Chaise Longue my review HERE , in which an invalid young mother in 1940s 50s is transported whether for real, or in her delusions to the mind and body of a woman with a similar condition, but in earlier, even less enlightened times.Image source for yellow wallpaper compulsion to pick and peel one s skin is called dermatillomania or neurotic excoriation It is usually considered on the OCD spectrum a repetitive, ritualistic, and tension reducing form of self harm Peeling wall paper is clearly less harmful to the body, as to the state of mind The Yellow Wallpaper is a short but powerful masterpiece in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman offers insight into oppression and madness It remains despite being written in 1892 as relevant as it is haunting Many people know the story of how Gilman s narrator is forbidden to write by her husband doctor and fights for autonomy in the patterns of wallpaper Liberation from his and society s oppression of women is only available in this internal struggle which ultimately leads to a mental breakdow The Yellow Wallpaper is a short but powerful masterpiece in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman offers insight into oppression and madness It remains despite being written in 1892 as relevant as it is haunting Many people know the story of how Gilman s narrator is forbidden to write by her husband doctor and fights for autonomy in the patterns of wallpaper Liberation from his and society s oppression of women is only available in this internal struggle which ultimately leads to a mental breakdown and loss of identity The first time I read this 1892 short story, years ago, in a collection of horror stories, I thought awful and very creepy things were really happening to the main character i.e., weird fungus growing wallpaper and a weirder lady actually hiding in the wallpaper pattern of a young wife s room in their vacation home. If a physician of high standing, and one s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency what is one to doThis may not be a ghost story, but it is a tale of horror just the same The most frightening books do not make me cower underneath my covers in the dark They give the feeling of despair, they make the reader empathize with the darkness and emotional turmoil of the narrator The If a physician of high standing, and one s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency what is one to doThis may not be a ghost story, but it is a tale of horror just the same The most frightening books do not make me cower underneath my covers in the dark They give the feeling of despair, they make the reader empathize with the darkness and emotional turmoil of the narrator They make one feel claustrophobic.Women s mental problems have always been dismissed as hysteria, from the beginning of time It is this overwhelming diminution of mental problems that led to so many being institutionalized in the past, and it is the reason why the repressed Victorian woman was such a tremendous symbol of the age.That mentally unsound character recurs again in this little short story, an exceptionally fine example of how a woman, neglected, belittled, dismissed, descends into insanity He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency So I try Read in conjunction with Ibsen s