Pranesh ChitrakarProf. Emily PacketEng.
10217 January. 2018 “TheYellow Wallpaper”- An interpretation on Gilman’s Life Artists and the authors drawinspiration for their work from their own personal experiences and theirperception of the world around them. Going through the short story “The YellowWallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, an article “Davis, CharlottePerkins: A Biography” by Catherine Seltzer and an essay “Why I Wrote The YellowWallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Gilman and the narrator in her shortstory “The Yellow Wallpaper” are the same. There is compelling evidence seen inCharlotte Perkins Gilman’s autobiography that supports the possibility that thestory “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an interpretation of Gilman’s life. Thenarrator from the story and the author Gilman find themselves in similarsituations. The narrator and the author both discoverthemselves in the author’s personal hell, the resting cure. Gilman writes herhusband “does not believe.
She is sick!” (The Yellow Wallpaper,1), and she alsoclaims that her doctor kept her to bed and told her to rest well because therewas nothing wrong with her (Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper). She clearlystates that her husband who was a physician and her doctor in real life did notthink her sickness was somewhat serious, so resting cure would help her feelbetter. Therefore, Gilman and narrator are bound to rest well at home to curethemselves however they both knew it would not work for them. As both Gilmanand narrator are writers, the lack of stimulation caused by the resting surecauses both to come “near the borderline of absolute mental breakdown” (Why IWrote The Yellow Wallpaper). This was a real event when Gilman was told to restall the time which made her dull and inactive and then she was about to gocrazy however she manages to keep her writing together taking a narrow escape.
When someone tells you to stop doingsomething that you love to or have been doing, then you will automatically feelsorry or get mad because you cannot stop doing it. There has been a same casein Gilman’s life and the narrator from Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper”.Firstly, she was bound to rest and secondly, she was not allowed to work orwrite as she mentions “I am absolutely not allowed to work until I am wellagain” (The Yellow Wallpaper, 2).
Similarly, Gilman also writes her physicianadvice “never to touch pen, brush or pencil again” (Why I Wrote The YellowWallpaper). In other words, the physician tells Gilman to give up her work tillshe lives because he thinks that is going to help her do better since she isnot fantasizing or doing her works which disturbs her mind and affects herhealth condition and in the story, John is doing the same. It is crystal clearhow she tries to show how her story and her life passes through similar events.Gilman also mentions that she wrote the story even when she was forbidden byher physician and the narrator does the same when she tries to write when noone is around and pretends she is totally out of it when John and Jennie isaround.
Hence, she was able to “recover from her decision to defy her doctor’s orderand return to her work as a writer” (Davis, Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Biography) as written by Seltzer. Asthe narrator believed she should be writing and it will benefit her in thestory “The Yellow Wallpaper”. WORKS CITED:Gilman,Charlotte Perkins, and Bauer, Dale M. The Yellow Wall-Paper.
Boston, BedfordBooks, 1998.Seltzer,Catherine. “Davis, Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Biography.” Vitae Scholasticae,vol. 28, no.
1, 2011, p. 86.Gilman,Charlotte Perkins “Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper”, October 1913. https://csivc.csi.cuny.edu/history/files/lavender/whyyw.html