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The Yellow Wallpaper
     

The Yellow Wallpaper

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by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
 

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"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a 6,000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health.�Presented in the first person, the story is a

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"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a 6,000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health.�Presented in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of a house he has rented for the summer. She is forbidden from working and has to hide her journal from him, so she can recuperate from what he calls a "temporary nervous depression � a slight hysterical tendency," a diagnosis common to women in that period. The windows of the room are barred, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs, allowing her husband to control her access to the rest of the house.

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BN ID:
2940016409399
Publisher:
Cricket House Books, LLC
Publication date:
05/06/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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The Yellow Wallpaper 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
cenarae More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best short stories i've ever read. we read it in my women's lit class senior year and i was completely enamored with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually prefer novels and I feel like short stories are too short but this book of short stories was the exception. For the first story alone- Yellow Wallpaper- it's worth it to read this book. It definitely leaves an after taste sort of the way you feel the first time you read The Lottery. I still sometimes think about this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad it has taken about a century and public figures such as Brooke Shields to make the public recognize a serious illness that can be helped. I find it so amazing how the medical specialists of Ms. Perkins' day, in their attempt to "heal" her problem, did the worst thing that could be done for her, take away her child AND isolate her from the world. I'm thankful we have finally come a long way since then in recognizing post-partum depression despite the length of time it took to get there. Here's one more demonstration how a woman's view is important and needs to be listened to and learned from rather than put down as inferior and invalid.
Mimi10 More than 1 year ago
Great book...this is one book I think every woman and man needs to read. It is very short but the lesson/message is simply amazing...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad & scary how easily she was lost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creepy and stupid. Not worth the 30 minutes it takes to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creepyy and quirky and strange. Loved it.
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GrahamCDowns More than 1 year ago
Very good! It's about a woman who suffers from a kind of nervous depression, and her husband (a doctor), who doesn't believe there's anything wrong with her. In the beginning, I really empathised with both the woman and her husband. It's obvious from how she describes him that he really does love her. But he's ignorant, and this is in a time when men and woman had a well-defined place in society, and neither were allowed to deviate from it. I do believe that in the beginning of the story, her problem is very slight, but all of the things her husband instructs her to do only serve to make her condition worse. He still can't see it, but I think he wants the best for her. By the end of the story, she is suffering paranoid delusions, and I don't think she would've gotten to that point if her husband had taken her seriously in the beginning. This is a powerfully hard-hitting tale of a creative mind trapped in the body of a mere woman, and in that time, nobody takes a woman seriously. It's not her husband's fault, either; he's just been conditioned that way, like all men of his time. But so many atrocities were committed against women in those days, consciously, and as a result of pure apathy. Today, she would've gotten all the help she needed!
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Fascinating tale of madness delivered in the guise of good intentions. Subtly written by a master.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Baically if you really think about it this book is about a woman in an insane asylum. At first she thinks that the dictir is her husband and what not and i cant remember the nurse but as ou could tell this lady changes the nurses name three times. The yellow wallpaper does drape her room and she thinks she has a baby with said husband. But the room has bars on the window and a bed with straps on it. And scratch marks on the walls... in the end you realize thatbshe isbdragging herself around the room on he walls and she is acting like a child theb the doctor faints or is killed depending your you opion in it....but if you know a little about the author she actually did go suicidal and killed herself i think it was after losing her daughter or somethkng to teburkulosis...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The words skitter through my mind with a life of their own.
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Disappointed that this e-book is not free! It is on Amazon :(
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