Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

This paper discusses the themes of freedom and expression, which are at the heart of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, `The Yellow Wallpaper`.

This paper explains that one of the most powerful aspects of `The Yellow Wallpaper` is its narrative form, which demonstrates Gilman’s straightforward style. The author points out that the story is a reflection of patriarchal conditions in the 19th century; women were often misdiagnosed and mistreated because they were women. The paper stresses that Gilman’s writing style is extremely important in `The Yellow Wallpaper` because it demonstrates the narrator’s deteriorating state of mind.
Almost from the beginning of the story, the narrator is not quite convinced that her husband’s treatment is the best treatment for her. In fact, despite what her doctor-husband and brother tell her, she admits, Personally, I disagree with their ideas. Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good (Gilman 475). Instead of congenial work, the narrator is forced to stay in what she refers to as a haunted house (474). It is important to note how the narrator does not see a workable solution in her present circumstances.