01-05-2009 03:22 PM
01-05-2009 09:30 PM
01-06-2009 01:18 PM
It was so strange I had never heard of Gilman before I had studied about gender. The most impressive part is the conclusion of the story, the simbolism of the women in the yellow wall-paper. I realized some women writers like writing about women and their stories written in diaries and the connection to the yellow color as a symbol of epyphany. It happens in this short story (diary and yellow), Virginia Woolf's "The legacy" (diary) and Katherine Mansfield's "Marriage a la mode" (yellow). The end of the story with the inversion of men and women roles, the freedom of the woman and the man feeling in prison is a fantastic simbology!
I agree that this is an important story about gender relationships. I wasn't teaching back then, but I suspect it may have become a popular reading assignment in classes starting back in the 1970s (I'd have to trace back its recovery to be able to state that for sure--there is much research and scholarship on Gilman, as you likely know). I've found reaction to the story interesting over the years, particularly among women. Earlier when I taught it, students seemed to have more sympathy for the protagonist than later.
01-09-2009 03:46 PM
01-11-2009 09:44 PM
01-28-2009 06:35 AM - edited 01-28-2009 06:36 AM
there's so much MORE more taken than the fact of the captivity of women and lack of free will etc. that IS the main point of the story. and it's breaking to think that the woman wasn't allowed to take care of herself by taking a walk outside her own home. and because of that, she has to do something inside, and takes it out on the wallpaper
one of the side thoughts that i loved is always the path of insanity.reading the story, the woman is not insane, she is very straight in mind knowing what she needs to do to get out of her postpardum depression. and so she just stares at her room, and so her insanity progresses. At the end of the story, it's insanity, and it all makes sense. i love knowing that people have reasons for how they turn out, and just reading into them you can see why. the situation isn't as crazy as a more naive reader would think. it's more than just being an enclosed female. it's how her insanity was caused by such treatment, and how it could've all been avoided.
01-28-2009 01:54 PM
01-31-2009 02:39 PM