“‘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 mind.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America’s leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century.”
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is one of the stories that I have been excited and wanting to re-read for a while now and one that I did really enjoy the first time I read it. If you just read this story by itself and not as part of her other collection, it’s such a short read, but it’s such a powerful and impactful read! especially the second time around.
This book is partly autobiographical, originating from her own experiences as patient, suffering years of depressing and being prescribed the “rest cure”, which only allowed for two hours of mental stimulation a day. I didn’t know the reason behind this story before going into it the first time around and I still enjoyed it, but knowing the true life of Charlotte before going into this the second time around made this story so much more impactful and powerful. How Charlotte wrote this story to show how the treatment for Mental Illness was NOT a good treatment!!
The writing is so brilliant and a gives off such a creepy atmosphere and the fact that this is created within just a handful of pages is unbelievable. This story is one that has continued to stay with me and one that will do so even more, now that I know the meaning and reason behind it. How 15 pages can have such so much impact on you.
This particular story is without a doubt my favourite of hers, even though I did read my collection of hers while doing this re-read, which contains 6 of her stories in total, I just wanted to concentrate on this particular one for this review and for the purpose of the re-read.
If you haven’t read this story then you really should!!