Culture In The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Culture is the influencing factors of a society, in which shared beliefs, values, and traditions are learned and passed down to generations. Culture is sometimes referred to as social norms or group identity in which specific thinking and behavioral patterns are both encouraged and expected. However, Identity is one's perspective of ones-self in areas related to cultural beliefs, motivations, expression, talents, and personality. Cultural interpretations and acceptances are strongly dependent on one's personal experiences in which contributes to their identity. Charlotte Perkins Gilman expressed one of her own experiences in the short story called "The Yellow Wallpaper." This short story is written in both a literal and symbolic manner to allow…show more content…
Gilman states "I know a little of the principle of design, and I know this thing was not arranged on any law of radiation, or alternation, or repetition, or symmetry, or anything else that I ever heard of." This statement expresses the narrator's attempt to try to understand the limitations and instructions of the rest cure treatment, as well as her current situation. Thou despite her own better judgment and lack of comprehension of this treatment, she still attempts to adhere to the instructions of her husband. The narrator endured two weeks without writing a single word from the day they arrived at the mansion. The narrator's self-control emphasizes the significant amount of effort the narrator invested, and yet she goes on to say "John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him." This statement illustrates her husbands lack of understanding of her condition. This knowledge confirmed to the audience that her doctor and husband had no actual comprehension of her health condition, nor her state. Furthermore, neither of these men were equipped with the knowledge to recommend any treatment plan or regimen. Therefore, it was no wonder the pattern of the yellow wallpaper, the narrator's cultural position, appeared to be so confusing and…show more content…
She goes on to describe the yellow wallpapers pattern in such a way as which "you think you have mastered it, but just as you get well underway in following, it turns a back-somersault and there you are. It slaps you in the face, knocks you down and tramples upon you. it is like a bad dream." This bad dream is a reference to the narrator's viewpoint of her own life. Her life has become a world that she no longer wants to endure. She realizes that she has no control over the events that take place in her life, nor will her husband listen to her suggestions or complaints. She is powerless, helpless, and at the complete mercy of her husband, who refuses to accommodate any of her requests. The only choice she had is to suffer mentally and internally in the imprisonment of
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