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"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The scariest short story I have ever read
I am not a fan of all things scary.Ghosts, zombies, monsters, etc. I have always been easy to scare and don't like being scared.
I had to read "The Yellow Wallpaper" in high school and I have to say, the story stuck with me ever since.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born on July 3rd, 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut.
She was a feminist, and author, a critic, a theorist.
After her father abandoned her family, they subsequently moved 18 times.
Overcome with bouts of depression, she committed suicide in 1935 while dying from breast cancer.
I never saw so much expression in an inanimate thing before, and we all know how much expression they have! I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy-store.— Charlotte Perkins Gilman in "The Yellow Wallpaper"
"The Yellow Wallpaper" review
Written in 1892 "The Yellow Wallpaper" depicts the story of a woman's slow decent into madness.
Gilman uses all senses and extremely descriptive writing to absorb readers into her short story.
A woman and her family move into a new house. She then moves into a room with yellow wallpaper which makes her down spiral into insanity.
Gilman makes that wallpaper a protagonist in her story. The thought of an inane object making a woman lose her mind is amazingly scary.
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