The Yellow Wall-Paper The Yellow Wall-Paper question


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Did anyone else get chills?
Stephanie Coonse Stephanie Feb 12, 2014 07:30AM
Did anyone else get chills while reading this book? The end had me freaking out, I had goosebumps, got chills, and instantly got cold. I had to go home and share this with my family! did anyone else feel the same?



Ok, well yes she was married to the doctor. She had what is known as post departum syndrome. It is a mental illness where mothers begin to get crazy after giving brith to their child. But in stead of her husband taking her to see a specialist he decided to take the matter into his own hands(since he is a doctor). So he took her to a house in the country where he could look after her and she could try to get away from her problems, but that backfired. He locked her into a room where she wasn't ever aloud out of, so as any sane person would do, she began to go crazy because she was locked away from everyone so long. And on top of that she had the PDD. So in her head she began to see the "woman" behind the wallpaper. As the story progresses she begins to see this women more and more. She also notices marks along the wallpaper and scratched on the floor. But finally near the end of the story she really starts to lose it. Her husband comes in the check on her and she is crawling along the wall. Which is what caused the the mark along the wall and the scratches on the floor. There was never really a women behind the wallpaper. The women was always her. The wallpaper was just a symbolization of her being trapped in the room. This story was written during a time period when men wanted complete control of the women. Women weren't aloud to vote or have jobs. They were only allowed to stay home and cook and clean. The author wrote this story to show men how women can go crazy being stuck in a house where they aren't aloud to communicate with the outside world. So If/when you read this story again keep these things in mind and you will realize that it was her "in the wallpaper".


Yes, it was creepy and chilling but in a good way - like in the film Martha and Louise, when they drive off the edge, they were finally free.. made me feel sad and happy at the same time


Yes, of course it chilled me to the bone. It's a masterful description of a woman's descent to paranoia. I must admit that other attempts to deal with this subject are not as brilliant as this one.
Something that has been overlooked in the previous posts is the fact that the narrator has a strong imagination (she used to imagine shapes in the dark when she was younger,she personified objects) and an artistic nature, or at least some literary tendencies (she secretly writes in this diary-like narration). But she is also heavily discouraged from practising any form of art, which is one of the reasons that drive her over the edge.
As I said before, brilliant!


I read it in high school and it kept me up terrified!
Freaked out, but amazingly good story.


I loved this story, we read it in my sophomore English class. We then watched the short film based off the story and to be honest that really set me on edge.


I got the chills all right and since I read it I go back to some pages and re-read them because it feels I missed something as if I too wanted to be inside the wallpaper...I recommended the book to my mom who also got the chills, so bad she asked me to hide the book from her. Weird isn't it?


brilliant and beautiful, if you liked this check The Babadook when it comes out on dvd or at the cinema if you see it playing. female centric ghost stories are a rare and chilling pleasure


I loved the The Yellow Wallpaper It was a book for me that had a big impact on my life, and inspired me to read further feminist readings. I read this for a University module last year, and we had a lecture on Gilman’s life and it changed my perspective of the story completely. Originally I thought it was just a gothic story. However, the story goes a lot deeper than that it’s extremely personal to her and reflects Gilman’s life. Gilman’s husband seeked forced medical help upon Gilman as she was suffering postpartum depression. The treatments inflicted upon her were unusual and immoral, much like the isolation in The Yellow Wallpaper. Gilman later felt compelled to divorce her husband leaving her own child with her ex-husband. Many women were mistreated and mislabelled, they were treated for insanity for having ambition, and characteristics that differed from your ‘stereotypical women.’ After discovering this I really felt infuriated at Gilman’s society although I understand there was a lack of and still is a lack of knowledge on mental illnesses and their treatments. However, story also made me really appreciate how far society has come concerning both women and mental illness.


I read this book periodically, because as I age, I see different things in it. It is a treatise on feminism, on doctors and their care of women, on child birth, on mental illness. I thought it was chilling when I first read it - less so the more times I read it. I find it sad now - postpartum depression is a very real illness and not to be taken lightly. It is not 'going crazy'. With proper treatment she wouldn't have descended into psychosis - instinctively she knew what would help her, but all of it was forbidden.

It definitely is a view of men, women, and marriage.


yes it gav me chills! which is y i love ths story n hav recommended many ppl 2 read it n so far every1 loves it.


The fact that some people feel it is a feminist text and others think it's more general is proof that feminism touches us all.
This short story is definitely about the doctor/patient relationship as much as it is about the men/women relationship.
Like it or not it was written to denounce the non freedom of women back then. Shedding a little light on the power doctors sometimes take over their patients while completely disregarding the latter is just a bonus! And a good image to explain how men used to treat women (and still do in some societies).


Just thinking of it brings the chills back. Reading this short story was one of the strongest inner experience I ever had, I don't know about you but by the end of it I was reading so fast (or trying to) my eyes hurt, I felt compelled to finish it and drained once I had. Amazing short story!


I read this 20 years ago, and those chills are what I remember best. Most of the story just seemed fine; nothing special but a little quirky. But the last couple pages, as the awareness of what has happened dawned on me...my gosh, I have never had that feeling while reading any other story. I absolutely LOVE how the ending makes to question everything you have just read.


I absolutely loved this short story. Made me look at life a little differently as a woman. I wanted to bring it home and make every woman in my family read it too. It gave me inspiration!! Yes, it was creepy as hell. I think that's the point. :)


I actually just read this short story about five days ago. My sister had been telling me about it for a while, so I gave in, and read it. No, I didn't get chills; maybe because I didn't really understand what was going on. I was really confused the whole time, and I ended up asking my sister what happened. Even then, I remained confused. Was she really married to the doctor? Was there really a lady behind the wallpaper? Why did everyone keep staring at the wallpaper? Who was the woman she kept seeing? There's just some questions we'll never know the answers to.


I just read this and thought it was amazing. Like Bruce, I loved that the end made you question everything. Ugh. I loved it. I still don't know what was meant, but I love to speculate!!

A little confused about Nikki's take on this. Is this some sort of feminist story that I should gain something more from? Personally, I would prefer a psychological thriller than yet another push for women's rights and feelings. We have enough of those that I love dearly.


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