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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Literature and Writing Quotes

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Quote #1

Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. (1.14)

Literature in "The Yellow Wallpaper" is the healthiest means of self-actualization.

Quote #2

I did write for a while in spite of them; but it does exhaust me a good deal--having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.

I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus--but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad. (1.17 – 1.18)

Everyone around the narrator opposes her desire to write, which, as you might imagine, makes writing rather difficult.

Quote #3

We have been here two weeks, and I haven't felt like writing before, since that first day.

I am sitting by the window now, up in this atrocious nursery, and there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength. (2.1 – 2.2)

The narrator has been drained of her desire to write because of the persistent opposition of the people around her.

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