Saturday, September 14, 2013

Evaluate literary criticism of “Yellow Wallpaper”

Choose one of these literary criticisms on “The Yellow Wallpaper”.  As a comment on this thread, indicate which criticism you are responding to, and then compare and/or contrast this author’s argument to the arguments made by our class about the story.  (i.e. what you or other people posted in our earlier thread).  200-500 words.

Due Thursday, Sept 19th by 2pm, for 10 extra credit POL points.

1 comment:

  1. In the Yahoo analysis, “Literary Analysis the Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman”, the ideas the author touched on were similar to those we discussed in class, yet they had a much much brighter tone in this analysis. In class we decided that the story had a big emphasis on independence, and we touched a little on feminism, but this analysis of the story is all about feminism and self-reliance. Like us, the author believed the main character felt belittled by her husband and felt as if her opinions had no value, as she would cut herself off mid-thought because she felt so lowly about herself. This author brings this idea further and claims that it is not only her husband who treats her with no respect, but all men she has come into contact with. Her husband, her doctor, and her brother al treat her as if her thoughts and feelings were worthless, proving a feminist standpoint on the story.
    The also article states that the wallpaper is a reflection of self for the protagonist, and that it shows her evolution of self as the story goes on. In class we came up with the same ideas, and how it showed her progression into insanity and freedom from the confining rules society had put into place around her. But the article doesn’t agree in this train of thought at all, though she does believe the wallpaper is a projection of self, the author doesn’t agree that it shows her descent into insanity, but instead the exact opposite. The author believes the wallpaper throughout the story shows her mental progression, just the same as us, yet believes the ending is not freedom through insanity, but a ‘celebration of self.’ The author writes, that the peeling of the wall paper is her peeling back the last of her mental limitations she has with herself and finally and unreservedly lets her feelings be expressed, and comes out of the wallpaper her true and pure self. This ending is not our confused creepy disturbed ending of a girl who when she finally finds herself, loses it entirely, but to this author it is the happy ending of her constricted life, she is now in control and has power over herself even her husband didn't have, and when he realizes this transformation, he faints in shock.