the Yellow Wallpaper (1899)

While reading this story I was definitely confused. In the beginning I understood that the narrator was sick and her husband was taking care of her. They were also renting a little home until they home got completely finish. But then when she was put into the old nursery or should I say the slammer I wasn’t sure if was for her benefits meaning to help her get “better” or for her husband benefits. Not completely understanding the text I thought John just wanted to control his wife. It seemed to me that the narrator believed whatever her husband said and that whatever decision he made it was only for the best for her and to help her get better. In the beginning of the text page 2 she says “He is very careful and loving and hardly let me stir without special direction” After reading that my instant thought was everything she must do she has to go to her husband to get his approval. After reading a couple more pages I was then stopped when I notice that the narrator spoke up for self and expressed what she wanted to do. As stated at the ending of page 4 beginning of page 5 she says ” I tried to have a real earnest reasonable talk with him the other day, and tell him how I wish he  would let me go and make a visit to cousin Henry and Julia”. But as I kept reading she was eventually shot down and just like the beginning her opinion didn’t matter. I’m not sure if the message was to point out that John was a controlling husband or should I say a “Mr. know it all” but that’s what definitely stuck out to me.

The Yellow Wallpaper

When I first started reading this story I felt like the narrator was going to tell one of those horror stories like in those horror movies with haunted houses and creepy things going on around the house making the people in the house lives miserable. But in fact the story went another way than what I imagine it would be. The story is told in a first person point of view. At the beginning of the story the narrator explains to us that her husband, John, brought her to this house for the summer.She describes the house in many different ways for example as “a colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house.” The house is very big and it looks like its been abandoned for quite a while which in my opinion it’s kinda of creepy. She also wonders why the house been abandoned for so long. The narrator tells us about an illness that she suffers and that she’s been prohibited to do any types of activities and writing is one of them.

Her husband, John, is a doctor and also her doctor which he takes very good care of. John has many cases out of town so isn’t really much around and comes home late. So the narrator also suffers from her marriage apart from the illness that she has. She describes the house a lot and soon she describes to us her bedroom walls, the bars in her window and especially the yellow wallpaper. She sees many things wrong with the wallpaper and she describes it as strange formless patterns. She also talks about how it changes light colors in the day and then at night is different. She becomes obsess on finding out whats behind that wallpaper and she wants no one around to take a look because she wants to figure it out herself. She finally comes the conclusion that she discovered that the pattern does move and that there is a woman that shakes it. She says that she feels sometimes that there are great many women behind and that there are sometimes that there is just one, that she crawls around fast. At the end she becomes very insane and tells John that she is finally out of the wallpaper and that in fact she was that woman trapped inside the paper and that he can’t put her back inside.

“The Yellow Wallpaper”:

When I first read this short story I felt as if I was visiting a abandon old nursery home where illegal activities were being place since the setting of the old place had maze like gardens. Jon suggest that even her imaginative power with the nervousness would lead to fancies that only in certain conditions can be produced. I saw this around page 3 in which John was suggesting that her sickness was also a part of her this imaginative power.

After reading up to the beginning main point of the story which was the wall paper, I began to understand the narrator’s obsession with the wall paper and the type of relationship she had with john who later appears as a lover on page 5 “Why darling! said he, “our lease will be up in three weeks, and I can’t see how to leave before”.  As the weeks past the author determines that only she can understand the wallpaper on the same page (5.) “There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will” since she stayed in that room for long amounts of time since she was suffering from some sort of sickness but John just didn’t believe her so she had to stay away from anything that was stressful.

Going back to the subject of the narrator’s obsession with the wall paper later appear as if a woman lived in the paper and only she would leave in the daytime and the narrator painted the scenario  of this woman seeming like there were a ghost inside the place. In the end the room caused her to have these delusions of “creeping women” around the area so she really believe people came out of this “paper” and the only one that is able to save her is John to take her away from that place to finally be able to take the narrator home.



The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

this story was very interesting because it had a lot of description of how she yearned to be free from this boxed area that felt like a prison almost. This whole story is first person , you can tell by looking at the reading and see that it reads the authors actions and thoughts through out the whole story. both the author and the wallpaper had a lot in common. they were unhappy by the fact that they were isolated from everything else. her husband was one of the main factors that kept coming her way for escaping.

she describe John also known as her husband as someone who is caring and loving but also someone who is a creating a wall to her freedom. another good aspect of this story would be how the wallpaper starts suddenly moving in her eyes, its kind of like a symbolism that stands for her trying to escape and grasp her freedom. as anyone i believe freedom is a right and there shouldn’t be anyone who can try and take that. in this story its the opposite so it kind of contradict my belief, here she had to fight for it .but anyhow freedom is something every one want to have.

The Yellow Wallpaper (1899)

Narrator: A mentally ill woman, whose name maybe Jane

Point of view: The story is told in first-person narration, focusing on her own thoughts, feelings, and views.

    The narrator begins to write her journal by describing the beauties of their temporary home. She describes it in emotional terms as a “colonial mansion” and as a haunted house and wonders how they were able to afford it, and why the house had been empty for so long. Her feeling that there is “something queer” about the situation.  She is suffering from “nervous depression” and of her marriage. She complains that her husband John, who is also her doctor, makes worse both her illness and her thoughts and concerns in general.  To get better she required avoiding any physical activity that she do, and she is especially forbidden from working and writing. She feels that activity, freedom, and interesting work would help her get better and tell us that she has begun her secret journal in order to “relieve her mind.” Her description is mostly positive, but distressing elements such as the “rings and things” in the bedroom walls, and the bars on the windows, keep showing up. She is mainly bothered by the yellow wallpaper in the bedroom, with its strange, formless pattern, and describes it as “revolting.” Her thoughts are interrupted by John’s attitude, and she is forced to stop writing.

    After some time in the summer house, the narrator becomes good at hiding her journal, and therefore hiding her true thoughts from John. She continues to desire for more stimulating company and activity, and she complain again about John’s denigrating, controlling ways. She mentions that John is worried about her becoming fixated on it, and that he has even refused to repaper the room to avoid supporting the ideas. The narrator’s imagination has been awakened. She mentions that she enjoys picturing people on the walkways around the house and that John always discourages such fantasies. As she describes the bedroom, which she says must have been a nursery for young children, she points out that the paper is torn off the wall in spots, there are scratches and gouges in the floor, and the furniture is heavy and nailed in place. Just as she begins to see a strange sub-pattern behind the main design of the wallpaper, her writing is interrupted again, by John’s sister, Jennie, who acts as housekeeper and nurse for the narrator.

    The narrator tells that her family has just visited for the 4th of July celebrations, leaving her more tired than ever. The narrator is alone most of the time and says that she has become “almost fond of the wallpaper” and that her primary task is solving the pattern on the wall paper. As she be becomes more obsessed about the imaginary person that she sees living in the wall paper.    

    Before long the wallpaper dominates the narrator’s imagination. She becomes private, hiding her interest in the paper and making sure no one else examines it so that she can “find it out” on her own what the markings meant. John thinks she is improving. But she sleeps less and less and is convinced that she can smell the paper all over the house, even outside. The imagination makes her believe that a woman is trying to get out from the wall paper. She suspects that John and Jennie are aware of her fixation, and she resolves to destroy the paper once and for all, peeling much of it off during the night, and the rest during the day in order to free the trapped woman

    At the end of the story the narrator goes insane and thinking that there are a lot of creeping woman around her and that she also came out from the wall paper.

The Yellow Wallpaper

in this story the narrator feels uneasy on the estate she and her husband John have rented for the summer. John uses the old, “trust me, I’m a doctor” line to convince his wife and all their relatives that the narrator needs to rest in order to get rid of her slight depression. The narrator wishes to spend her time writing and socializing, but her husband tells her she must rest. The narrator thinks that writing and hanging out with friends would be a better cure, but Mr. “trust me, I’m a doctor” wins the day. The narrator occasionally sneaks around and writes, but it’s hard when her husband and family oppose it. “… there is something strange about the house — I can feel it.”

The narrator continues feeling spooked out by the place, and John again dismisses her fears. She wants to sleep in a different, prettier room, but her husband disagrees. He recommends a large room at the top of the house that used to be a nursery. The wallpaper freaks out the narrator, and she imagines a woman trapped within the paper “The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out”. Even though she hates the wallpaper, the narrator is also strangely fascinated by it. Stuck in the room with orders to do nothing but rest, the narrator becomes more obsessed with the wallpaper and less trusting of her husband. She begins to sense a “yellow smell” in the room. By the end, the narrator is hopelessly insane, convinced that there are many creeping women around and that she herself has come out of the wallpaper. That she herself is the trapped woman. “I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper as I did.” When John breaks into the locked room and sees the full horror of the situation, he faints in the doorway, so that the narrator has “to creep over him every time!”. What’s up with the ending? i’m wondering if the narrator ever gets her sanity back. Does her husband regain consciousness? Does she get tired of creeping?This doesn’t seem like an ending all. i am guessing that the narrator is actually free at the end.

The Yellow Wallpaper: Looking After’s One’s Self or One Another

I have read only like the first six pages of “The Yellow Wallpaper”. (Oh boy, it’s long.) I find that the narrator has trouble taking care of herself. She is hoping to rely on her husband, John, to take care of her. Unfortunately, John is extremely busy that he is unable to do so.

“John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.” (pg 2)

This seems to the narrator that John doesn’t care about her well-being. However, I believe the opposite. One such encouragement, such as that she “musn’t lose her strength” (pg 4) and taking “lots of tonics” (pg 4), supports that John cares for her. A tonic is some kind of medicine, and medicines generally make people feel better.

This wife-husband relationship is rather interesting because one side says the other doesn’t care about the former, and the latter says the opposite. The narrator also says that she loves John, and John wants to make her feel better. John’s intentions of caring for her contradicts her view of him, so I think this is one of the reasons why women feel very dependent on their loved ones.

The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The yellow wallpaper was a very interesting read. The many different entries that she was able to write during the three months that she was in that house showed the downward spiral her mind underwent while being in that horrid room as she described it.

At first i was confused in what was her true condition, why was she sick? What was wrong with her? And what really caused her so-called condition. As a “High standard” physician i feel that John, her husband was very ignorant to what truly was wrong with his wife. After i read the story a second time i noticed that she had given birth and was going through something to this date known as Post Pardon Depression, but during the times that the Yellow Wallpaper was written i can see why it was not hold accountable as a possible reason for her condition.

There is a line in the story from the first page when John assures family and friends that there is really nothing wrong with his wife but that she has a temporary nervous depression, a slight hysterical tendency. This part when he mentions this really bothered me, because when the narrator spoke about her personalities and how she was as a child it shows that she really has a very vivid personality and a strong imagination .

She is kept very isolated and treated as a mental patient kept in a very depressive room and not allowed to do any type of work or exercise, kept with with a very strict prescription for each hour of the day, a person with just nervous tendencies would not undergo such a heavy amount of pills and medication.

Her heavy interest with the wall paper at first i thought that she was just describing how she felt with the way she is being treated. But with every page i continued to read i noticed that she was becoming a part of that wall paper that she saw herself in. The last few pages were the most frightening  to read, there i saw her go completely insane, she became a part of that room and the image that was painted was a bit off but i thought she was going to hang herself, or at least she was in such a form that even her husband John could not process what he was seeing.

i felt that at the end with what she went through she felt liberated at last but her husband deemed her crazy. She closed the story by telling her husband “I’ve got out at last, in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you cant put me back!” This is her saying she is free, and with those words she tried to let John know what she has been feeling all of this time and what he and Jane has been putting her through. John of course didn’t see it this way and to see his wife become that which he tried to hard to “cure” her from caused him to faint.

It was a very fun piece to read, to see how she was turned into the very thing they were trying to cure her from.

Response to The Yellow Wallpaper

This is a story whose main character seems to have some mental problems. The woman claims to be sick, but her husband, a physician, believes she is not. It is soon, after this point, that the story begins to lose me and get me again, only to lose me some more. However, I’ve managed to get attached to the near end of the story. Once I’ve read the line “It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper!” (pg. 7), I knew something was bound to happened. The reason for this is because that line referenced the title of this story.

The story then talks about how the woman pulled off the wallpaper in her insane state of mind. By the end, she confronts her husband after doing what she did. As far as I’m concern, the narrator/ main character is a nut case and has confused me completely throughout this story. However it is that type of confusion and insanity that kept me some-what interested in this story. It has actually forced me to read it several times and, I am still slightly confused by the main characters actions and behavior.

This story is truly an example why a person, especially if you are medical physician, should never ignore a cry for help from someone who truly needs it. A person suffering from a nervous breakdown is a serious condition and should be treated as such. The mental state of a person suffering from this condition is so low that any little thing could trigger a drastic episode.

Take for instance the woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” who is recovering from a nervous breakdown. She is aware that she is not well and clearly wishes to be well again but her husband John is choosing to ignore her plea. She herself is baffled at her husband for his negligence, “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 do?” (p746). It is clear that she feels so alone due to her troubles since she spends every day of her treatment in seclusion inside the “atrocious nursery” (p748). She cannot even depend on her own husband who is away most nights due to his other more serious cases but in my opinion I feel that tending to his wife should be his main priority. He feels that his position gives him superiority and that outweighs any opposition even his wife’s own voice. She is convinced of how drunk he is off his own ego, “John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him” (p748). Thanks to his absence his wife’s conditions worsens and she becomes a victim of her own twisted mind. If he had given her more attention she would have never become obsessed with the yellow wallpaper in the nursery so much that she joins with it, “But here I can creep smoothly on the floor, and my shoulder just fits in that long smooch around the wall, so I cannot lose my way” (p756). John fainting at the end of the story is perfect for he realizes how much he has failed and it is too much for him to bear.