“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This week we are discussing the story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman called “The Yellow Wallpaper”.

To understand better why the author wrote this story, you can read her short explanation here.

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  1. our zoom chat part 1:
    19:03:25 From  Teacher Lee : Jane?
    19:03:25 From  Teacher Lee : Jane?
    19:04:09 From  Teacher Lee : “I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jane!  And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”
    19:05:20 From  Diana Yarmolinska : Charlotte Perkins Gilman 
    19:08:06 From  Teacher Lee : nervous breakdown
    19:08:19 From  Tauriel : autobibliographical
    19:08:37 From  Teacher Lee : autobiography
    19:09:28 From  Teacher Lee : bibliography = list of reference books
    19:10:08 From  Teacher Lee : suffrage = the right of women to vote
    19:11:02 From  Teacher Lee : Franz Kafka…
    19:11:24 From  Diana Yarmolinska : narrator
    19:11:35 From  Teacher Lee : John is narrator’s husband.
    19:11:58 From  Teacher Lee : Windows have bars.
    19:12:16 From  Teacher Lee : a little confusing
    19:12:36 From  Teacher Lee : narrator is writing a journal (this story)
    19:13:04 From  Teacher Lee : she is hiding her journal from others
    19:13:10 From  Teacher Lee : they don’t like to write
    19:13:19 From  Teacher Lee : room used to be a kid’s nursery room
    19:15:14 From  Teacher Lee : vivid imagination
    19:15:36 From  Thein Lin Aung : Active imagination? 
    19:15:55 From  Tauriel : yes
    19:15:55 From  Teacher Lee : active imagination
    19:16:26 From  Teacher Lee : Husband was a doctor.
    19:16:30 From  Teacher Lee : Good one?
    19:16:38 From  Vasanth : binge read
    19:17:32 From  Teacher Lee : John is practical, not superstitious
    19:17:45 From  Teacher Lee : scoffs at “invisible things”
    19:18:41 From  Teacher Lee : Thinks she’s slightly hysterical or has a nervous depression
    19:18:48 From  Tauriel : rest cure
    19:20:21 From  Teacher Lee : Your weird feeling is just a draught (breeze).
    19:20:47 From  Teacher Lee : John is away all day.
    19:21:16 From  Teacher Lee : John does not know how much I really suffer.  He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.
    19:21:39 From  Teacher Lee : I suppose John never was nervous in his life.  He laughs at me so about this wallpaper!
    19:22:06 From  Vasanth : Q
    19:22:56 From  Teacher Lee : She is a perfect, an enthusiastic housekeeper, and hopes for no better profession.  I verily believe she thinks it is the writing which made me sick!
    19:24:00 From  Teacher Lee : Out of another I get a lovely view of the bay and a little private wharf belonging to the estate.  There is a beautiful shaded lane that runs down there from the house.  I always fancy I see people walking in these numerous paths and arbors, but John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least.  He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency.
    19:24:58 From  Thein Lin Aung : C
    19:25:28 From  Teacher Lee : motifs
    19:26:10 From  Teacher Lee : your audio is distorted.
    19:27:07 From  Teacher Lee : Lin, your audio is choppy.
    19:27:25 From  Teacher Lee : Try unplugging your mike and plugging it back in.
    19:27:30 From  Thein Lin Aung : I don’t understand how solitary helps depression. 
    19:27:49 From  Teacher Lee : solitude can be depressing
    19:28:07 From  Teacher Lee : It is so discouraging not to have any advice and companionship about my work.  When I get really well, John says we will ask Cousin Henry and Julia down for a long visit; but he says he would as soon put fireworks in my pillowcase as to let me have those stimulating people about now.  I wish I could get well faster.
    19:28:37 From  Teacher Lee : writing is a therapy for her
    19:30:11 From  Teacher Lee : post-partem depression
    19:30:15 From  Teacher Lee : young
    19:30:36 From  Teacher Lee : A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity,—but that would be asking too much of fate!
    19:31:10 From  Teacher Lee : the wallpaper creeps her out
    19:31:38 From  Vasanth : Q
    19:31:39 From  Teacher Lee : she convinced herself she WAS in a haunted house perhaps
    19:33:54 From  Diana Yarmolinska : “I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”
    19:34:11 From  Vasanth : T
    19:34:39 From  Teacher Lee : Did she fancy that she was trapped inside wallpaper?
    19:34:58 From  Teacher Lee : Not a dark room, many windows.
    19:36:00 From  Teacher Lee : The color is repellant, almost revolting; a smoldering, unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.No wonder the children hated it!  I should hate it myself if I had to live in this room long.

  2. our zoom chat part 2:

    19:39:01 From  Teacher Lee : anonymity – why
    19:39:34 From  Teacher Lee : Generalized situation
    19:40:08 From  Teacher Lee : She is isolated by her husband.
    19:40:13 From  Teacher Lee : Control freak?
    19:44:03 From  Teacher Lee : equality issues
    19:44:10 From  Teacher Lee : between the sexes
    19:44:34 From  Teacher Lee : women want more freedom of movement
    19:45:45 From  Teacher Lee : Saying:  When mom’s not happy, no one’s happy.
    19:46:05 From  Tauriel : that’s true!
    19:46:44 From  Teacher Lee : It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper!  It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw—not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.
    19:47:35 From  Teacher Lee : One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.
    19:47:43 From  Teacher Lee : It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate, and provoke study, and when you follow the lame, uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide—plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard-of
    19:48:07 From  Teacher Lee : The color is repellant, almost revolting; a smoldering, unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.No wonder the children hated it!  I should hate it myself if I had to live in this room long.
    19:49:29 From  Teacher Lee : sulfur is a smelly element
    19:50:12 From  Teacher Lee : I’m getting really fond of the room in spite of the wallpaper.  Perhaps because of the wallpaper.  It dwells in my mind so!
    19:50:43 From  Teacher Lee : There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.  Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day.  It is always the same shape, only very numerous.
    19:52:23 From  Teacher Lee : At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamp-light, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars!  The outside pattern, I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be.I didn’t realize for a long time what the thing was that showed behind,—that dim subpattern,—but now I am quite sure it is a woman.By daylight she is subdued, quiet.  I fancy it is the pattern that keeps her so still.  It is so puzzling.  It keeps me quiet by the hour.I lie down ever so much now.  John says it is good for me, and to sleep all I can.
    19:54:27 From  Teacher Lee : I have watched John when he did not know I was looking, and come into the room suddenly on the most innocent excuses, and I’ve caught him several times looking at the paper!  And Jennie too.  I caught Jennie with her hand on it once.She didn’t know I was in the room, and when I asked her in a quiet, a very quiet voice, with the most restrained manner possible, what she was doing with the paper, she turned around as if she had been caught stealing, and looked quite angry— asked me why I should frighten her so!Then she said that the paper stained everything it touched, that she had found yellow smooches on all my clothes and John’s, and she wished we would be more careful!
    19:57:04 From  Teacher Lee : vulnerability
    20:00:24 From  Teacher Lee : string, strain?
    20:00:32 From  Thein Lin Aung : String
    20:00:40 From  Teacher Lee : she was creeping…
    20:01:28 From  Thein Lin Aung : It’s rope
    20:01:43 From  Teacher Lee : Maybe “Jane” is deliberate.
    20:03:06 From  Teacher Lee : you think schizophrenia
    20:03:17 From  Diana Yarmolinska : “I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!”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!
    20:03:28 From  Teacher Lee : you and Jane = John and Narrator?
    20:04:42 From  Teacher Lee : Was the narrator schizophrenic?
    20:05:38 From  Tauriel : sticketh??
    20:05:47 From  Thein Lin Aung : T
    20:05:48 From  Vasanth : T
    20:05:52 From  Teacher Lee : stick
    20:06:00 From  Teacher Lee : to stick = to adhere
    20:06:14 From  Teacher Lee : sticketh = Old English for to stick
    20:06:34 From  Teacher Lee : But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope— you don’t get me out in the road there!
    20:06:45 From  Diana Yarmolinska : But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope–you don’t get me out in the road there !
    20:07:48 From  Teacher Lee : I don’t like to look out of the windows even—there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast.I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper, as I did?But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope— you don’t get me out in the road there!I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard!It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please!I don’t want to go outside.  I won’t, even if Jennie asks me to.
    20:08:12 From  Teacher Lee : But here I can creep smoothly on the floor, and my shoulder just fits in that long smooch around the wall, so I cannot lose my way.
    20:10:20 From  Teacher Lee : Maybe

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