Our language teacher, Pilar Pando, asked us to do an online test concerning the Gohic Novel, which we have been studying and analysing in class and the following short sories: The Monkey’s Paw, The Cask of Amontillado and the one I personally chose, The Yellow Wall Paper. The task can be seen in Pilar’s blog.
This is my piktochart about the gothic novel.
Interviewer: Hello, I am very excited and honoured for being able to interview you this afternoon. I am a huge fan of your work!
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Thank you for having me, it is my pleasure.
I: If you don’t mind, I would like to center around one of my personal favorite pieces of work, «The Yellow Wallpaper»
CPG: No problem! It is very dear to my heart and one of my most personal stories.
I: I feel like so many woman can relate to the main character, it is truly inspiring.
CPG: That’s something that I wanted to portray. Lots of the time, the feelings of the woman are shoved aside. I wanted to be the voice for all of those mothers who felt this, including myself.
I: I couldn’t agree more. Ho do you think your personal life influenced your work?
CPG: I think it influenced it a lot. I have delt with lots of the same things that the mother in the story has delt herself. Honestly I wouldn’t be who I am today if I wouldnn’t have gone through that. I feel like woman aren’t given enough credit and are trapped in the close-mindedness of the man.
I: I wanted to get into that. Your such a role model for all these young women, teaching them that their life can be more than their «obligations.»
CPG: I believe that we are supressed; that there is unequal marriage and that woman are destroyed by their unfulfilled desire for self-expression.
I: I’ve experienced that with my work, it was really hard to be taken seriously. Have you had the same trouble?
CPG: Absolutely! People underestimate woman’s ablities because of their gender. The thing is that there is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver. (Actual quote from her).
I: It’s a hard battle we fight, but i think we will conquering by spreading the word like you do.
CPG: I am glad you think so highly of me, considering that through my work like in «The Yellow Wallpaper» I show the vulnerability in sombody that has experienced something like me.
I: I think any person that empowers others deserves my respect.
CPG: It is very appreciated!
I: Anyways, if it’s okay with you, I would like to get into your personal experience with your child.
CPG: I am open to talk about it. I have my demons that follow and «haunt» me, as in the story. When I was young my father left my family, it was very hard for us emotionally and economically. I currently don’t have a relationship with my daughter but because i am not ready for it.
I: That must have been very hard, do you regret or resent it?
CPG: Honestly part of me wishes she could be with her, but the other part knows that I could not serve her as a mother, it is not my calling, I would feel imprisoned. I think she is better off without me.
I: That is very touching and strong. What stood out to me was the term imprisonement, which was one of the themes in the story. Would you consider it an autobiography?
CPG: It is fictional, I write to reflect on things. To express what I am feeling or what is going on in my mind. I like to separate myself from my work,as if I am a third person narrator.
I: Wow, you leave me without words. Anyways, we have run out of time! Thanks for taking time from your busy agenda to attend to this interview.
CPG: There is always time for what is important! I had a lovely time.