How Is The Yellow Wallpaper And The Struggle For Women's Rights

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The Yellow Wallpaper and The Struggle for Women’s Rights Throughout history, women have struggled to have the same rights as their male counterparts. The Napoleonic Code of 1815 underscored troubles for women as it legally lumped women, children, and the mentally disabled as “incompetent” (Coffin 603). The label of “incompetent” left this large group of people without rights. Eventually leading to, what we know of today, as the women’s movement. The struggle for women 's rights really began to come to a head during the 19th century as represented in the works of authors such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The idea of women 's rights did not often appear before the mid-1840s, but the issue became far…show more content…
The main character is nameless, possibly to promote that the situation described could have happened to any woman, not just the random character she was writing about. The work is written in the epistolary style as the protagonist secretly records her daily thoughts as journal entries. This style of writing allows the reader to watch as this nameless women becomes mad. Her entries toward the beginning of the story make sense, as the story progresses and she is left alone with nothing to do but stare at the ugly wallpaper her entries appear as ramblings of a person who has lost their…show more content…
In actuality, the issue the character has does not seem to be so much with her prescribed role, but that she would like to add a little more to it and be a thinker, a dreamer, and a writer, even if her writing is merely simple journal entries that tell of her day-to-day life. The character 's descent into madness is meant to show what would happen to women in general if they are pushed aside and forced to not be thoughtful and productive members of society. The wasting away of her brain, represented by the evolution of the wallpaper from its torn, nasty ugliness to the woman running about and through the pattern represents the downfall of the feminine mind when left to mindless pursuits. John 's insistence that she remain alone and quiet until she gets better emphasizes the masculine ideal that women have a place and need to stay in
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