Friday, 21 January 2011

The Yellow Wallpaper

This piece was inspired by the short story The Yellow Wallpaper. I ended up studying this story in A-Level English, A-Level Art and now at degree level too, and I have to say it is a very good story and I would advise everyone to read it!
The work we had to do was tell The Yellow Wallpaper from another's veiw point or in a different style. I had initially started re-telling the story from the protagonist's husband's point of veiw but my teacher told me to be more imaginative and not to just re-write the whole story. So, I ended up going home and having a brainwave whilst trying to get to sleep, as usual. And here's the final result!

To: James Gilman <>
From: John Weiland <>
Subject: Your sister


I’m sorry to say that your sister is not doing any better than before; in fact I do believe she has gotten worse. I’m afraid that the city life just isn’t good for her right now, so I managed to secure a lovely place out in the country for the summer months. Brilliant house, really.
I took your advice and she’s taking all the right medications and plenty of walks out in the fresh air, but it honestly didn’t seem to do her any good. It’s almost like she doesn’t want to get better! I know she’s your sister and you only want what’s best for her and so do I.
As I’m moving I will continue my work out here for the time being, but if you have any troubles feel free to e-mail me.
This vacation will do her good; I’ll e-mail you her progress.


To: Mary Dasher <>
From: John Weiland <>
Subject: Working


Because of Charlotte’s illness we are taking up residence in a house in the country. Obviously our son will still need looking after and I would like for you to come with us. There is plenty of room at the house for you to stay in and of course we will pay for the inconvenience this may cause.

Please e-mail me your reply ASAP.

Regards, John Weiland

To: Jennifer Weiland <>
From: John Weiland <>
Subject: I need your help

Jennie, I am in desperate need of your assistance! Charlotte is becoming a bit of a handful lately. It’s just with looking after the house and Charlotte is a bit stressful, and I still have my job afterall. I was just wondering if you could do me a favour and come out here and help around the house, maybe looking after Charlotte every now and then.

Please say yes!

Love John

P.S Tell Mom and Dad I said hello.

To: Henry Grisham <>, Julia Smith-Grisham <>
From: John Weiland <>
Subject: Your visit

Dear Henry and Julia,

I’m sorry to say that Charlotte is not doing well and that maybe we should postpone your visit. She has been looking forward to it but I just don’t see any other option. Too much work and excitement is sure to harm her delicate sensibilities.

Charlotte even tried to convince me to let her visit you! You can see how ill she is if she thinks it’s wise to go travelling that far in her condition. But do not fear, I’m sure a few more weeks will do her well and then she will be able to visit you as much as she likes.

From John.

To: Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell <>
From: John Weiland <>
Subject: My Wife’s Illness.

Dear Dr Weir Mitchell,

I have e-mailed you before concerning my wife’s condition and I’m afraid she just isn’t getting better. Some of her symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, tearfulness, loss of strength, and insomnia. I just don’t know what to do. I heard about your ‘rest cure’ in Jefferson’s Medical Journal and I decided it would be the best course of action but it just doesn’t seem to be working. I was wondering that if by fall she is not better you could take a look at her. I am starting to get very worried about her.

I look forward to your reply.

Many thanks, John Weiland.

To: James Gilman <>, Mary Dasher <>, Jennifer Weiland <>, Henry Grisham <>, Julia Smith-Grisham <>, Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell <>
From: John Weiland <>
Subject: HELP!!

I’m afraid she’s finally lost it! There is no cure for her! Just now I found her locked in our room crawling around the room on all fours, muttering about a woman behind the wallpaper! I don’t know what to do! This is more than anything we ever expected! She’s INSANE!

To: James Gilman <>, Mary Dasher <>, Jennifer Weiland <>, Henry Grisham <>, Julia Smith-Grisham <>, Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell <>
From: John Weiland <>
Subject: Apologies
Dear all,

I am deeply sorry for my previous e-mail, it is disgraceful for me to act in such a way whilst my wife is sick. Luckily, I have finally decided to send her to Dr Mitchell as I believe this will be more beneficial for her, and it will certainly help my health, too. 

Again, sincerest apologies,

John Weiland.

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