Women Entrapment and Flight in Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Azra Ghandeharion, Milad Mazari


This paper attempts to yield a critical reading of “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892), which is one of the pioneering feminist works of American literature. Attempts have been made at finding affinities between the specific characterization of the story and the stereotypical male and female figures as defined by patriarchy and in terms of traditional gender roles. The paper tries to draw on Lacan’s conceptions of language, Cixous’ ideas about écriture féminine, and Freud’s misconception about women’s conditions. Drawing critical attention to this information, the paper focuses on the main unnamed female character and the fact that her anonymity helps the readers, specifically female readers, to identify themselves with her.


The Yellow Wallpaper; Patriarchal society; Gender roles; Confinement and escape; Imagination; Feminism

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2016.29.06