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- Print Length: 35 pages
- Publisher: Wisehouse Classics; 1 edition (9 Feb. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BYXYLGU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,428 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Yellow Wallpaper (Wisehouse Classics - First 1892 Edition, with the Original Illustrations by Joseph Henry Hatfield) 1st , Kindle Edition
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First published in 1892 Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story has fascinated and haunted readers ever since. Gothic and haunting, this story like Henry James’ ‘The Turn of the Screw’ contains ambiguity, so you can read this tale as a deeply disturbing haunting, or as a descent into madness.
Gilman herself was a prominent feminist and this story is semi-autobiographical. Like the narrator here Gilman herself suffered depression after giving birth, and this short story really looks at how women were treated at the time. Our narrator is of middle class and she is left in an old colonial house for a rest cure holiday. Encouraged to remain in bed and just not really do anything at all stimulating we see how the narrator becomes obsessed, even haunted by the wallpaper in the room. From what is obviously a depressive episode we see the narrator descend into madness due to psychosis, making this as strong a read today as when it was first written and something that sits rather uncomfortably. With many people these days suffering mental illness, although some of these I just look upon as slightly eccentric behaviour, we can see how to a degree treatments have altered, with women no longer looked upon as something that are frail and less well able to cope than men.
Although I have written here what the story is actually about as I mentioned earlier this can be read as a standard ghost story, and I don’t know really which way to read it makes it scarier, only you will be able to decide, depending upon your own life experiences. Sadly for Charlotte she suffered with depression from giving birth, and throughout her first marriage. Taking a controversial decision with regards to her daughter with her divorce Charlotte did happily marry again, but ultimately took her own life due to inoperable illness. Obviously for those who study feminism Gilman’s name will be just as well known due to other things, but for the vast majority of us this short story will always be something that affects us and gets under the skin.
The haunting and chilling tale is told so profoundly, evocatively and beautifully in such a short number of words and every time I read this, I am transported into the tale: I become the haunted and unnamed female protagonist and the unsettling effect of the novels permeates into my own reality. Her demise into madness becomes my own.
What strikes me most about this novel is how it portrays the treatment towards mental maladies and the patients suffering from them. It is such a historically overlooked predicament and is presented as such in this individual case. The protagonist's illness is allowed to manifest and culminate in this Gothic tale so that it feels almost paranormal at its pinnacle.
The past treatment of both the female body and the mind are sensitive subjects that are allowed to be dissected in the modern consciousness though historical artifacts such as this. This is a short but powerful masterpiece, in which Perkins Gilman offers a valuable insight into oppression and madness.
This edition has the original drawings in it which are very attractive.
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