The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper Literature and Writing Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Section.Paragraph)
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.
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.
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.