Pranesh ChitrakarProf. Emily PacketEng.
10217 January. 2018 “TheYellow Wallpaper”- An interpretation on Glilman’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 no different. There is compelling evidencefound in Gilman’s autobiography that supports the possibility that the story”The Yellow Wallpaper” is an interpretation of Gilman’s life. Both the narratorfrom the story and Gilman find themselves in similar situations.
The narrator and the author bothfind themselves in the author’s personal hell, the resting cure. Gilman writes”He does not believe. I am sick!” (The Yellow Wallpaper,1), and she also claimsthat her doctor kept her to bed and told her to rest well because there wasnothing wrong with her (Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper). She clearly statesthat her husband who was a physician and her doctor in real life did not thinkher sickness was somewhat serious, so resting cure would help her feel better.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 forbidden to work until I am well again”(The Yellow Wallpaper, 2). Similarly, Gilman also writes her physician advice”never to touch pen, brush or pencil again” (Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper).In other words, the physician tells Gilman to give up her work till she livesbecause he thinks that is going to help her do better since she is notimagining or creating some works which uses her brain and affects her health conditionand in the story, John is doing the same. It is crystal clear how she tries toshow how her story and her life passes through similar events. Gilman alsomentions that she wrote the story even when she was forbidden by her physicianand the narrator does the same when she tries to write when no one is aroundand pretends she is totally out of it when John and Jennie is around. Hence,she was able to “recover from her decision to defy her doctor’s mandate andreturn to her work as a writer” (Davis,Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Biography) as written by Seltzer. As the narratorbelieved she should be writing and it will benefit her in the story “The YellowWallpaper”.
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” The Forerunner, October1913. https://csivc.csi.cuny.edu/history/files/lavender/whyyw.html