Examples Of Genderism In The Yellow Wallpaper

The Mistreated and the Mislabeled.
Physicians who are gender bias tend to misdiagnose and mistreat patients because of their ignorance and poor communication. The Yellow Wallpaper, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a captivating socio-political allegory expressing how cultural expectations can shape and effect the mind of a creative woman suffering from what could be assumed to be a severe case of postpartum depression. Gilman, uses a unique epistolary form point of view using the journal belonging to a character assumed to be by the name of Jane, who is the wife and patient of a physician named John. She provides a chilling and alluring setting to vividly depict the grave consequences of gender bias doctors who are mistreating and mislabeling
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She valued self-expression in which inspired her story, The Yellow Wallpaper, it is said to be a “…painful episode in Gilman’s own life,” (Spark Notes). It is important to take into account the background of the author. Gilman, was once a married woman with a newborn child. Gilman suffered from “…severe and continuous nervous breakdowns tending to melancholia—and beyond,” (258). In her, Why I Wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman, goes into depth about her experience with the rest cure invented by, Weir Mitchell. Gilman claims she, “…went home and obeyed [the treatment] for some three months, and [she] came so near the border line of utter mental ruin…” (258). With this being said Gilman, writes her short story to aid women in similar situations and even to prevent women from falling into the same demise. Our main character, Jane moves into an ancestral hall for the summer under the care of her physician who is also her husband. Jane is diagnosed with “…temporary nervous depression [and] a slight hysterical tendency…” (Gilman 648) although she realizes there is more to her illness than temporary nervous, her husband time after time ignores her wishes claiming to know best for her. Throughout the story despite her husband’s orders for limited mental activity, Jane writes in a journal and keeps written accounts of her time in the…show more content…
At first sight she describes the wallpaper as, “[o]ne of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin,” (Gilman 648) declaring she had “…never saw a worse paper in [her] life.” Although her husband strictly forbids her to journal, Jane, continues to confide to her journal writing, “…this is dead paper and a great relief to [her] mind…” (Gilman 647). As the story progresses Jane writes that she is getting much worse and so does her fixation with the yellow wallpaper. She spends much time alone in this room with barred windows and bolted furniture. The confinement she is experiencing leads her to begin hallucinating a creeping woman through the wallpaper. As a creative woman Jane falls into her demise due to lack of mental stimulation slowly but surely her obsession takes over and the yellow wallpaper is all she looks forward to. Throughout the story the wallpaper begins be personified by Jane as a monster of some sorts staring at her with bulbous eyes. Her descriptions of the whole estate begin to shift perspective and she pleas John to take her away from the mansion. Despite her pleas they continue their stay. Jane transforms her horrid fixation into fascination she follows it for hours a day and feeling
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