Why The Yellow Wallpaper?

1463 Words Apr 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Why the yellow wallpaper? The story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is about a woman who is driven mad by this yellow wallpaper in what used to be an old nursery. This is no normal nursery however, the windows are barred the bed is chained to the floor and there are what appear to be maybe even shackles on the wall. What is the importance of this yellow wallpaper, and why does this take a woman, who could easily get over her depression, and turn her into an insane women trying to free another woman from inside the wallpaper? What could this story represent? This is where the paper begins. In order to fully understand this story there needs to be a little back ground information about this story and how it came about because that by itself is very important. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was initially published in 1892 but it had been out of print for almost 10 years which is why in 1973 it was republished by Feminist Press which for the time period was a very brave name that was defiantly making a statement. During this time period of the 1900’s there was a lot of women’s rights movements happening and women who were fighting for freedom and their rights which is why the quote “This brilliant tale of a white, middle-class wife driven mad by a patriarchy controlling her "for her own good” (http://www.academicroom.com/article/feminist-criticism-yellow-wallpaper-and-politics-color-america) puts it well. It states it’s for her “own good” but this is not freedom this is living in submission…

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