“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, and “Roman Fever” by Edith Wharton are core examples of this attempt, and assisted the audience to interpret the voice and position of women by exhibiting their perspective of women by pointing out the prolonging cruel and unjust treatment men applied over them and the social complexity that pressure women to make misleading choices. “Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin unveils a widow named Mrs. Louise Mallard in which gets the news of her husband’s death yet, the audience would think she would feel sorrowful, depressed, and dispirited in the outcome her reaction is totally unusual. Meanwhile, day after day as time has gone by Mrs. Mallard slowly comes to a strange realization which alters a new outlook over her husband's death. "And yet she had loved him- sometimes. Often she had not.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses symbolism to explain the purpose of the wallpaper, and why it’s one of the largest symbols in the story. The narrator is part of the wallpapers symbolism and the reason why it deprives such a massive part in the story. The women trapped behind the wallpaper explains the mental block men attempted to place on women “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a symbol of the restriction on women, the struggle for equality, and the possibilities of the female sex during the 1800’s. Charlotte Perkins Gilman prepares her readers to experience many life troubles the narrator is going through by putting her story in first person. Nevertheless, most have no idea what women went through, back in the 1800’s.
“John laughs at me, of course”, The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charoleette Perkin Gilman, allows the reader to have a insight on the terrors a young women faces by her controlling husband, which eventually leads her to insanity. When analyzing gender differences between men and women in the short story The Yellow Wallpaper it became apparent that men have a higher authority over women. Charlotte Perkin Gilman depicts a short story about a young lady that encounters a serve depression that worsens after receiving unusual treatment from her husband John. Using the feminist theory, the reader can analyze how The Yellow Wallpaper embodies the struggles faced by women in the 1800’s and current time, also, relating on the authors own experience living in a society dominated by men. Feminist, Gilman lived during the time when women were oppressed from their own basic rights.
When Gilman escaped her madness, she left her husband to establish her own independence, and became a dedicated advocate for women’s rights. Essentially, Gilman and her main character undergo a common malaise. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a portrayal of one woman’s journey into insanity, while illustrating the domineering role men took over women of the nineteenth century. Everyone should read “The Yellow Wallpaper,” as it is a powerful tale of man verses himself. Through Gilman’s own history and her beautiful depiction of madness, “The Yellow Wallpaper” clearly addresses the sexual politics of the male-female, husband-wife relationship.
A well-known feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman is known for her feminist views and her intriguing depiction of anxiety within a woman. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman goes into the world of a woman who has been diagnosed with Hysteria and Nervous Conditions. Throughout this story we will see the treatment of our narrator as if she is a nuisance and her diagnosis make anything she is saying to be complete ridiculousness. The doctor who is ultimately her husband tends to show throughout the story how women are treated in society. The husband completely disregards what his wife is saying and tends to belittle her by acting as if her input on her condition is truly preposterous.
Jane’s feelings of inferiority are deeply rooted from being under her husband’s complete control. Jane explains, “I meant to be such a help to John, such a real rest and comfort, and here I am a comparative burden already!”(Gilman 474). John does everything for ... ... middle of paper ... ... and unjust environment drove the narrator insane. This story showed in depth how patriarchal our society was in the 1900’s. This story reveals the position under which society put women under.
The Role of Women in Rappaccini's Daughter, The Prophetic Pictures, Lady Eleanor's Mantle, and The Birth-Mark When researching criticism on Hawthorne's works, I ran across an interesting piece that dealt with the feminist view of "The Birth-Mark." The article, written by Fetterly, explores the relationship between Aylmer and his wife, and how this relationship is a typical male-dominated situation. Although there is the fact that the story deals with the failure of the scientist, there is an underlying current here of how Aylmer views his wife: in a negative manner. This view towards women can be seen in several of the works of Hawthorne's - among them "Rappaccini's Daughter," "The Prophetic Pictures," and "Lady Eleanor's Mantle." While this view of women is not always at the forefront of the piece, it is certainly worth exploring how they are treated by the men in each.
This “cure” eventually leads to the decrease of her mental stability as she becomes more and more obsessed with the wallpaper. In order to convey a story with so many themes lots of literary devices were used. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses symbolism and characterization to explore themes about the lack of understanding of women and their mental health. The narrator of the story, though unnamed, represents a stereotypical woman with mental illnesses in that day and age. “Many details, like the lack of a name, argue against her individuality,” (Ford 1).
The narrator’s breakdown had many contributing factors, but one mainly being the flawed human nature and environment. Her husband is indisposed to the fact that women are more than capable to control their own life and that the setting of ones comfort is fully vital to their health too. This seclusion and isolation method of this medicine only allows her mind to venture down the route to insanity. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses the wallpaper and the relationship of the couple to expose the narrator’s confinement forced by the husband to lead her to insanity. Exemplifying the nineteenth-century oppression of woman and their well-being.
He won’t let her do anything, so she turns to writing in her secret journal to try and cure her depression. Since she has nothing to do all day, she turns her attention to the yellow wallpaper in the room. She becomes obsessed with it and begins to see a woman trapped inside the pattern. The wallpaper dominates the narrator’s imagination and she becomes possessed and secretive about hiding her obsession with it. The narrator suspects the her husband and sister are aware of her obsession so she starts to destroy the wallpaper and goes into a frenzy trying to free the caged woman in the pattern of the wallpaper.