I finally started the Halloween bingo that is currently being hosted by Obsidian Blue and Moonlight Murder. I saw some peeps had done “The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman” So I picked that as my starter read. I wanted to reread The Exorcist as the Locked Room mystery, but chose this instead. I have to admit I was quite shocked! I wasn't expecting it to be such a short tale, but it really does leave you with a wtf did I just read. Even now i'm still thinking about it. So lets get into this tale a bit.
The story details the descent of a young woman into madness. Her supportive, though misunderstanding husband, John, believes it is in her best interests to go on a rest after the birth of their child. The family spends the summer at a colonial mansion that has, in the narrator's words, "something queer about it". She and her husband move into an upstairs room that she assumes was once a nursery, having it serve as their bedroom due to its multitude of windows, which provide the air so needed in her recovery. In addition to the couple, John's sister Jennie is present; she serves as their housekeeper. Like most nurseries at the time the windows are barred, the wallpaper has been torn, and the floor is scratched. The narrator attributes all these to children, as most of the damage is isolated to their reach. But is it though!?
I wanted to read this tale for a while and one thing I noticed while looking it up is that it's a classic and that it has been classed as a feminist written work for how women were treated at that time. But to me, I read this from a point of horror. As Jane, the main character of the tale, falls into a decent of slowly succumbing madness, that comes from an almost maniacal fascination of the rooms yellow wallpaper.
I honestly loved this tale it was short but left so many thoughts in me afterwards. A truly spooky horror classic and a fantastic start to the Halloween bingo and a tale I think that will stay with me for a while.