Charlotte Perkins Gilman Analytical Essay by kristin91350

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A biography of Charlotte Perkins Gilman along with an analysis of her works.
# 26630 | 2,674 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 12, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (Feminism) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper provides a few biography pages leading up to the predominant arguments within the works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Includes the analysis of "Herland", "Women and Economics", "The Yellow Wallpaper," and other minor works. Also shows the effects of society on her and other women, and explores her ideas on feminism and child rearing.

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"Shortly after Charlotte Anna Perkins was born in Hartford, Connecticut, her father moved to San Francisco, abandoning his wife and his two children. Although she was a descendant of the prominent and influential Beecher family, Gilman was born into poverty. "She suffered the pain and cultural deprivation poverty entailed, but that poverty gave her a perspective and a vision she might otherwise have lacked" (Lane 232). Gilman was finally able to attend school at the age of thirteen due to an inheritance from a deceased great aunt. However, this formal education lasted only for four years. She then began to educate herself, earning a living by selling greeting cards and working as an art teacher. However, Lane states, "One can only imagine how a college education might have dimmed her ability to perceive and convey shocking truths". She sees with an uncontaminated eye and brain, because her ideas were never filtered through a conventional educational process, pounded and bludgeoned into a form acceptable to conventional wisdom? (Lane 232). Gilman's struggle through adolescence and early adulthood strongly influenced, along with her experiences as a mother, as a daughter, as a wife, as a friend, as a poet, as a lecturer, and as a writer, the views that she held relating to the nuclear family, child-rearing, sexuality, and marriage. "The emotional side of knowing the world is very much present in Gilman's work, as it was in her life; in her struggle to temper its seductions and its dangers, she denied more than she should have, but she did not entirely repudiate its importance" (Lane 305)."

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