The Yellow Wallpaper by C.P. Gilman and the Concepts Developed by Jacques Lacan.
Need help with my writing homework on The Yellow Wallpaper by C.P. Gilman and the Concepts Developed by Jacques Lacan. Write a 2000 word paper answering; However, there is much more in the short story than simply an account of an experience similar to the one that the writer had had. Indeed, the story belongs to the list of perhaps the most outstanding pieces of the feminist literature, and the fact that such a powerful and impressive indignation of the author about the oppressed position of women in the male-dominated society of the nineteenth century was voiced in time when many of social changes in the sphere of women`s social equality were even not yet thought of testifies to the great significance of the heritage of Charlotte Perkins Gilman for the modern feminist movements (Golden 1992, pp.319-332). Moreover, Gilman`s story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a great piece of literature for the study of concepts of psychoanalysis. It seems to be especially well suited for the comparison with the theories and concepts of the famous French doctor, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Jacques-Marie-Émile Lacan (1901–1981). .
One of the chief themes of “The Yellow Wallpaper” relates to the completely inadequate attitude of the husband to his wife, a woman that apparently has a depressed condition after having given birth to a child and who is the main protagonist of the short novel. The plot of “The Yellow Wallpaper” is told to readers through the eyes, or more exactly through the private diary writings, of the heroine of the story, who after a nervous breakdown that we can associate with the so-called postpartum depression, which may happen with new mothers right after the birth of a child, has been in essence isolated from the external world in a roomy and “so long untenanted” (Gilman 1892) mansion by the whim of her husband John. John is a physician who allegedly knows what is needed for his wife to get better as he is saying to her “You know the place is doing you good” (Gilman 1892). Moreover, as the woman observes “he does not believe I am sick!” (Gilman 1892). But from the very opening lines of the story, we as readers begin to see that such an attitude of John for the heroine is actually “one reason [she] do not get well faster” (Gilman 1892). What also becomes understandable from the first entry in the diary that the woman has written is that despite her condition she retains signs of a healthy excitement, for instance with the beautiful surroundings, and she initially remains clear-headed in terms of her ability to intuitively feel what is needed for her recovery.