Gender Inequality In The Soul Of Black Folk And The Yellow Wallpaper?

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During the twentieth century, people of color and women, suffered from various inequalities. W.E.B. Du Bois’ and Charlotte Perkins Gilman (formerly known as Charlotte Perkins Stetson), mention some of the concepts that illustrate the gender and racial divide during this time. In their books, The Soul of Black Folk and The Yellow Wallpaper, Du Bois’ and Gilman illustrate and explain issues of oppression, dismissal, and duality that are relevant to issues of race and gender. In The Soul of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois talks about the struggles that the African Americans faced in the twentieth century. Du Bois mentions the conflict that concepts such as the “double consciousness” (or duality), “the veil” and the “color-line” posed for Black Americans. In his book he says that African Americans struggle with a double consciousness. He explicates that African American are forced to adopt two separate identities. First they are black, and that identity pertains to the color of their skin, the second identity is the American identity. However, he continues that the American identity is tainted because it is that if being American now but were slaves first. In other words, the double consciousness is saying that black people …show more content…

Du Bois’ and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, highlight the dissatisfaction that is felt by each of them as a result of the unjust state in which they are forced to live in due to the racial discrimination, oppression (based on both race and gender), and dismissal from those not affected. They both use personal experiences to further explain the concept. Du Bois and Gilman’s essay and short story are extremely similar, with the exception that Du Bois’ focuses on the racial divide, and Gilman focuses on woman position in society and in the marriage institution. They both share the theme that women and black people are prevented from moving up in society on the sole basis of gender and

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