“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This short story is one of my number one favourite narratives. It adheres to my favourite genre: psychological and written in the first-person-narration.

It is narrated from a woman’s point of view, although her name is never given (it may or may not be Jane). This helps to allude to a woman’s position during the woman’s rights movement in the early 1900’s (identity was not important).  Yet it is an identity crisis that drives the narrator mad in the end.

Reminiscent of Edgar Alan Poe‘s psychological horror tales, “The Yellow Wallpaper” takes you on a disturbing journey through a mentally ill or oppressed woman of the Victorian era.

My favourite quote is the last sentence of the short story, and I don’t think sharing it here will ruin the plot in any way for you: “Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!”

To read a free online version of this text, click here. I promise, it will take all of 10 minutes from your life.

Movie: At one point there was speculation of a movie being made starring Julia Stiles, but it appears to have fallen through. There is supposed to be a 2010 thriller version of the story coming out, but I could not find any video clips to share.

There is, however, a 1989 made for TV movie that you can watch for free online here. It’s pretty good and done by the BBC, who always make the best made for TV movies.

Sidenote: If you live near the Toronto area, there is a great house to visit that reminds me of the one described in this story…creepy! GoogleMap ‘Rouge Valley Conservation Area” and look for a house just North West of that marker, just before another Toronto Zoo giant parking lot. You aren’t supposed to drive down, but you can park and walk, it is city property. No one lives in the house right now, but looks like the city is renovating it.

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One thought on ““The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  1. Thank you for this post. I had hoped that someone would make this beautiful story into a film version, and I just learned today from your blog that they indeed have! How exciting as Charlotte Perkins Gilman is one of my absolute favorite authors.

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