Film based on a feminist short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”


There are always short stories that stick in students’ heads, the more disturbing they are, the better. An important one is yellow wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in 1892. Today, the short story is being made into a feature film.

In Gilman’s short story, an unnamed narrator is told by her husband to take a rest cure when she suffers “temporary nervous breakdown” after the birth of their baby. The couple are staying at a seaside resort, but the woman is confined to a nursery with yellow wallpaper. The bed is bolted to the bed, and there are bars on the window and scratches covering the floor.

There she begins to see images of a woman in yellow, and I won’t spoil the rest, but given that the story was meant to criticize the way women’s mental health was treated, the ‘madness’ is at every street corner.

In this upcoming film adaptation, the unnamed narrator is called Jane:

“Jane, a writer and young mother, is prescribed rest treatment by her doctor husband, John, who takes her to a secluded country estate for the summer. She becomes obsessed with the peculiar yellow wallpaper in the bedroom that he chose for her. In her isolation, she secretly writes about a woman trapped in the wallpaper – whom she must free.

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A previous adaptation of the work was released in 2011, but it was a very loose adaptation compared to this version, which brings Gilman’s work directly to life.

Since its publication, yellow wallpaper was a frequently discussed topic in feminist literary thought, and Gilman herself was ripe for discussion, as she was able to write something that so advocated the humanity of women, but was also a vile racist and xenophobic.

The film seems to be a gripping thriller, and although I have a great dislike for Gilman as a human being, yellow wallpaper continues to be a short story that I think of often. Now all we need is a new one A rose for Emily adaptation.

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