Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Publication date: January 1892
Pages: 64 pages
First published in 1892, “The Yellow Wallpaper” 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 Wallpaper” 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.
This one of the classics that I read since I am in high school. And I still remember some of the details, especially the creepy yellow wallpaper. When I read it before, I just don’t mind all the details or importance that it would give. And because I became inspired by the review of Adita, I eagerly get this book and read it again.
I know some of you knows the summary or even the story of this classic book. I would not include any summary in this review, but I will give the lessons it conveyed to me.
As I search why the author wrote this book, at that time the women weren’t allowed to write, to contradict or even give suggestions. Because men at that time were the ultimate head of the family and no one messes with them.
Now, in my own perspectives – we are now living in the year where women are now equal as like the men. Fortunately, the majority of the nation accepted these changes – where women can now write and publish their own books, be a leader in some higher position and especially the women recognized to be at work.
The Yellow Wallpaper is a symbolism to all of us, both men and women. The story may apply to the women, but the bottom line is – respect, no matter what kind of genre you are.