Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper (The Original 1892 New England Magazine Edition)

First published in 1892, The Yellow Wall-Paper is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper – a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, The Yellow Wall-Paper stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman’s descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women.
33 printed pages

Impressions

    Danielle Marieshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    A true classic highlighting the struggle that women experienced from men's lack of understanding of the beauty of being human regardless of gender.

    al mshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💀Spooky
    🔮Hidden Depths
    🎯Worthwhile
    💞Loved Up
    🚀Unputdownable

    Really spooky

    Bookaddictionshared an impression3 years ago
    💀Spooky

    Weird

Quotes

    aimvmonitohas quoted8 months ago
    The wall-paper, as I said before, is torn off in spots, and it sticketh closer than a brother—they must have had perseverance as well as hatred.
    Daniela Jhas quoted10 months ago
    He stopped short by the door.

    "What is the matter?" he cried. "For God's sake, what are you doing!"

    I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder.
    Daniela Jhas quoted10 months ago
    The front pattern DOES move—and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!

    Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.

    Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.

    And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern—it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads.

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