A short time after she dropped out of college, Gilman married a local artist and gave birth to her first child.Soon after, she suffered from a near nervous breakdown.
What an example of abuse is represented in the Yellow Wallpaper.
The story is a wounderful chronology of how a person is made to go crazy - this is so typical of the protected women where everyone takes part in minimizing a women's needs including her physical needs, so that women themselves learn to please by adapting the role and start on their own to minimize their needs and their health - this author sure has the ability to outline the pattern it takes from mental health to insanity all done it the name of love..is like taking a book like Understanding Verbal Abuse and weaving a story using all the aspects of abuse in the story...
I have sent you a Welcome letter and wish to apologize for miss spelling your name in the letter. HALLIE MAE, thank you for the autobiographical information. I can even share some of the comments that my students have made on this short story. I'm not teaching it this semester, so I'll have to stretch my memory.
We (the posters) are so Glad that You have joined us. In this case it is important, I think, to consider the author's life to (at least half-way) understand "where this story is coming from". ~~Giant Head with memory stretching device attached. Giant Head herself, surfacing like the Loch Ness Monster, HOORAY! I have the CRAZIEST takes on this thing and ideas, and so...
I would KILL to hear what she has to say because I was STUNNED upon reading more about this story to find out some of the interepretations!
Hold on to your various seatbelts (are your tray tables in the upright and locked positions?Great find Ginny - my thoughts are reeling as I sort through how much when I minimize another's needs I am really coming from a place where I have learned to minimize my own needs..so... There you are and you've read The Yellow Wallpaper, but it's like Sid and the Alligators, I can't want till we discuss this November 1 and to hear YOUR own perspectives on each of the points! Lou2, (thank you Ginger, for pointing out that the entire short story is in a link in the heading, that happens so seldom I am really hoping everybody knows this and we will repeat that constantly, hoping to get as many as we can in here, thank you!) Lou2, will you please ask your friend for all and any of her insights? "It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please! Don't you love the contrast between the sainted doctor husband and his sick wife, and why does she say she thinks the reason she IS sick is because he's a doctor? It is one of the most terrifying pieces of writing I've ever come across, one which makes me want to throw up every time I look at it. The first time I read it, I made quick notes on a piece of paper. It makes me think of those old film-noir movies, where the husband is trying to drive the wife crazy." and "I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard! I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be misconstrued." Hello and welcome to our first reading in the Women in Literature series, The Yellow Wallpaper, a short story in 12 parts, entirely available online! "Physician, heal thyself," or the "Cobbler's children always go barefoot? I'll be here, GINNY, reading what people post and perhaps posting once in a while myself. I just myself reread the opening paragraphs here in the heading and I have to gasp at what all she's saying, this will be better than a bag of Halloween Candy, WELCOME!! I printed it out and made different notes and the 3rd time around, I thought, hey now I get it. You know the ones I'm referring to - "Notorious" or what's the other one with Boyer --yes, "Gaslight"." In Page 12 Narrator has completely transferred identity to the paper. "To jump out of the window might be admirable exercise, but the bars are too strong to try. But you need not be a woman, nor part of the Women in Literature group, to participate in this deliciously creepy short story reading, and we think this will be a true Halloween horror, a real treat from the past. (I think.) I have a very macabre sense of being anyway, so this is right up my alley. This is a wonderful choice for your topic and it cuts right to the chase,early. Scrawler (Anne of Oregon)There were several bios in Yahoo, I thought this one was interesting: I deleted the reference to the "Yellow Wallpaper" it describes it too well and might spoil the discovery of reading it.