Feminism In The Yellow Wallpaper

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“The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.” Stated by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. She compared the labor of women to a horse because just as a horse has no say neither did women. She states that men could be wealthier if women were to work instead of doing only house work but they are entitled to keep up the house and that is there economic function in society. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a huge feminist in her time and influenced women through her literature such as The Yellow Wallpaper which displayed the struggles of women through her mind of being forced to listen to the orders of a man of what would cure her mental illness (Cott).
Charlotte Perkins Gilman is best known for her short story The Yellow Wallpaper. Which was about a women who ill, was diagnosed by her husband to stay all day in a room. She was to do nothing intellectually such as read or write. The women eventually became mentally ill becoming obsessive over the yellow wallpaper in the room. She states seeing a women trapped behind the wallpaper. As time went by her mental state had took a physical turn and she ‘tore off the yellow wallpaper in the room” which ended up being her skin. What this represents is herself being trapped in her own skin. There was never a women in the wallpaper it was herself unable to break free of her husband (Lane).
Gilman was diagnosed as having nervous “prostration”. This disorder consists of very painful mental sensation, shame, fear, remorse, a blind oppressive confusion, utter weakness, a steady brain-ache that fills the conscious mind with crowding images of distress. Worst of all Gilman's starv...

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...paper, but in reality she was the one that did not want to be seen and that is why when she rips the wallpaper off it was her skin. There was no wallpaper, the wallpaper was the characters skin and her ripping her skin symbolized her finally breaking out from being controlled and not being able to have a say in anything. She was finally in control of herself and her actions. She was no longer in hiding she could now show herself and feel powerful, which also represented the breakthrough of feminism.
The Yellow Wallpaper represented a time in the authors life to when she was controlled by a man. She was unable to control herself and she was given directions for a “cure” that furthered her insanity. Her state of mind became worse without being able to do intellectual thinking activities such as writing. It proved to the world that not everything a man says is right.
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