The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860 - 1935)


*Gilman was a well known American sociologist, novelist, and writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She was also, the first economist and lecturer and an early theorist during the feminine movement.

*At the age of five, she taught herself to read "she was self educated".

*Her father was a great support for her, his love for literature influenced her and he provided her with list of books that he felt would be worthwhile for her to read.

*Her natural intelligence of knowledge impressed her teachers who were nonetheless disappointed because she was poor.

*In 1884 she married the artist Charles Walter Stetson.

*She suffered form a serious bout of post-partum depression after giving birth of her first child. This was an age when women were seen as "hysterical" and "nervous".

*She became active in several feminist organizations such as the economic club, the pacific woman's press association and others.

*In 1932 Gilman was diagnosed with breast cancer and in 1935 she committed suicide by taking an overdose of chloroform.

*Her views of feminism are introduced in her semi-autobiographical short story "the yellow wallpaper"


The text :

*Exposition: ordinary people in a haunted house, see how does that affect them.

*Raising actions: something is mysterious about that wallpaper, it does move.

*Climax: SHE is creeping, the pattern does move.

*Falling action: Every body is affected in his/her own way.

*Resolution: Losing identity : I wonder if they all come out o f that wallpaper as I did.


*It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.


*Repaper the room , but let it get the better of me.

*Elements of hysteria:

*I think that woman gets out in the daytime

*I always lock the door when I creep by daylight!

*There are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast.


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