Feminism and "The Yellow Wallpaper": An Escape from Oppression
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This paper presents a summary and review of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper", explaining that the story is able to examine feminist issues in the late 19th century by digging deeper into the mind of the young woman in the story who is facing madness due to her surroundings. The paper concludes that "The Yellow Wallpaper" forces us to take a step back in time and experience the inner battles women faced as they struggled for equality.
From the Paper:"John is shown as wanting to be seen as a father-figure to his wife, more than just a husband. He sees her as so far beneath him, that he treats her more like a child than a companion. When the narrator is talking about wanting to change rooms, he acts like he's entertaining the thought just as a father would if their child asked for some outlandish desire. When the narrator expresses a desire to move downstairs, away from the room with the wallpaper, she says "then he took me in his arms and called me a blessed little goose, and said he would go down cellar, if I wished, and have it whitewashed into the bargain" (649). Later in the story, John shows another sign of how he saw his wife. After waking and seeing his wife moving about, he asks "What is it, little girl? Don't go walking about like that - you'll get cold" (652). These are prime examples of the inequality of men and women during this time."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper." Project Gutenberg. David Widger, 25 Nov. 2008. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.
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