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Symbolism and Repression in The Yellow Wallpaper -- Yellow Wallpaper e
Symbolism and Repression in The yellowness Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilmans flooring, The scandalmongering Wallpaper is as a wonderful example of the gothic horror genre. It was not until the rediscovery of the bilgewater in the early 1970s that The Yellow Wallpaper was recognized as a feminist indictment of a male dominated society. The story contains many typical gothic trappings, precisely beneath the conventional faade hides a tale of repression and freedom told in intricate symbolism as seen through the eyes of a feisty narrator. It is difficult to discuss the meaning in this story without first examining the agents own personal experience. The Yellow Wallpaper gives an account of a woman driven to fad as a result of the prim rest-cure, a once frequently prescribed period of inactivity pattern to cure hysteria and nervous conditions in women. As Gary Scharnhorst points out, this sermon originated with Dr. Weir Mitchell, who personally prescribed this cure to Gilman herself. She was in fact driven to near madness and later claimed to rescue written The Yellow Wallpaper to protest this treatment of women like herself, and specifically to address Dr. Weir Mitchell with a propaganda piece. A copy of the story was actually sent to Mitchell, and although he never replied to Gilman personally, he is said to have confessed to a friend that he had changed his treatment of hysterics after reading the story (15-19). Although the autobiographical aspects of The Yellow Wallpaper are compelling, it is the symbolism and the underlying feminist connotations that lead best to discussion. First is John, the narrators husband. He could be viewed as the patriarchy itself, as Beverly Hume says, with his dismissal of all... ... J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 6th ed. New York harper Collins, 1995. 424-36. Hume, Beverly A. Gilmans Interminable Grotesque The Narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper. Studies in dead fictionalisation 28.4 (1991)477-84. Johnson, Greg . Gilmans Gothic Allegory Rage and Redemption in The Yellow Wallpaper. Studies in Short Fiction 26.4 (1989)521-30. King, Jeannette and Pam Morris. On Not rendering between the Lines Models of Reading in The Yellow Wallpaper. Studies in Short Fiction 26.1 (1989) 23-32. Owens, E. Suzanne. The Ghostly Double behind the Wallpaper in Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper. Haunting the House of Fiction. Ed. Lynette Carpenter and Wendy K. Kolmar. Knoxville U of Tennessee P, 1991 64-79. Scharnhorst, Gary. The Yellow Wallpaper. Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Boston Twayne, 1985. 15-20.