Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"
This paper is a review of the feminist story by Charlotte Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper".
# 50409 | 935 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004
Published on Apr 13, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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The paper states that, in the past, when women became less obedient and started to challenge the men, they were said to be crazy; this is the case in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper". The author discusses that the yellow wallpaper represents John and the oppression of women, the woman behind the wallpaper represents the independent woman Jane wants to become, and the ripping down of the wallpaper represents Jane's transformation from oppression to independence and the transformation of women everywhere. This paper points out that feminism is the independent influence of or belief in women; it also has been called the removal of power from men.

From the Paper:

"When Jane becomes "quite sure it is a woman" (909) that is behind the wallpaper that woman represents the independent woman that Jane wants to become. "John is away all day" (904) and "there is nothing to hinder [her] writing" (904) so Jane "write[s] . . . in spite of them" (903). This is the first small push towards becoming that woman. Jane feels a bit of freedom from the oppression during the day when John is gone just as "the woman gets out [from behind the wallpaper] in the daytime" (911). For Jane to realize that she wants independence is hard enough let alone to go through all the struggles within herself about defying not only her husband but all of society. At first when Jane sees the "woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern . . . [she didn't] like it a bit . . . [and she] wished John would take [her] away" (908)."

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