Title: The Yellow Wallpaper
Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Genre: Classic, Short Stories, Horror
Number of Pages (Kindle edition): 63
Date Published: first published January of 1892
Synopsis (through Goodreads):
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.
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)
I’ll keep this short and to the point mainly because I have hardly anything to comment into this. This is, after all, in the classics league.
I don’t think further personal interpretation is needed. Another factor is that it’s a short piece so I think it’s just fitting to keep my thoughts on it brief.