I was going to write a post or two on “The Yellow Wall-Paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and discuss it in comparison with Jane Eyre. But honestly, all of the comparisons I could make seem a bit too easy.
“The Yellow Wall-Paper” is an American short story, and in some ways the characters and plot are very different from Jane Eyre. But on the other hand, whenever I read it, I can’t help thinking about Mr. Rochester and Bertha Antoinette, or even Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre. The gas-lighting and manipulation, whether it’s intentional or simply because the husband thinks he knows best, is terrifying.
If you haven’t read this incredible short story, please do so! You can do so here at Project Gutenberg.
Here’s a brief write-up on female “hysteria” and insanity in the 19th century.
Have any of you read this story? What do you think of it? Does it make you reflect on Jane Eyre differently in any way? If so, how?