Her environment feels to her very much like a prison with her husband merely pushing aside her feelings of distaste, believing that giving in and listening to her desires will only worsen her condition. When the narrator wishes for the walls to be fixed, her husband refuses, stating “nothing was worse for a nervous patient than to give way to such fancies. After the wall-paper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on” (Gilman 3). The narrator feels entrapped by the house’s bars and gates, but her husband in no way gives her feelings consideration and he refuses to change her environment, therefore keeping her imprisoned within the house, the gilded cage, and her mind. Although the house illustrates feminist views a great deal, the greatest setting to emphasize those views is the wallpaper in the bedroom; “At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars!” (Gilman 7).
She suffered from a severe postpartum depression case, yet her marriage depressed her too. The narrator was in a marriage whereby her husband dominated and treated her like a child. Her husband was the sole decision maker and since she lived in a society whereby women were never allowed to question their husband’s decisio... ... middle of paper ... ...he stopped being the protector and the only rational thinker in the family. In this short story, the men had power over women and they undermined them. The narrator insisted to her husband that she was sick, but he never took her serious instead, he confined her in an isolated place away from home and her child.
The Yellow Wallpaper: Repression "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Gilman is sad story of the repression that women face in the days of late 1800's as well as being representative of the turmoils that women face today. Gilman writes "The Yellow Wallpaper" from her own personal experiences of having to face the overwhelming fact that this is a male dominated society and sometimes women suffer because of it. The narrator, being female, is suffering from a "temporary depression". She states right from the beginning that "John is a physician, and perhaps--(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind)-- perhaps that is the one reason I do not get well faster." The narrator sets up the story to convey a certain opinion of the repercussions a woman faces in the care of a man.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman illustrates the seclusion and oppression of women in the nineteenth century society by connecting the female imprisonment, social and mental state, and isolation to the objects in and around the room. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written in the first person narrative of a women's secret journal and her descent into madness. With the medical community of the nineteenth century misunderstanding and mistreating women, despite the protests of women. The treatment that John, the narrator’s husband, offers does not help at all, in fact throughout the story the narrator’s journal entrees and condition progressively worsens. Spending the summer in an abandoned mansion in order to recover from what her physician husband believes is a “temporary nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendency” (648).
During the time when Gilman was growing up, women had defined domestic roles and their husbands were the dominating force. In turn, there were women who gained a voice and defied the oppressive male community; one of those voices being Gilman’s. Locked away in a mental and physical prison of her husband’s machination, the protagonist of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is the embodiment of the struggles faced by women seeking freedom from the restraints placed upon them by men. The narrator remains nameless throughout the story in order to depict the wife as a figurative representation of women in society; women were treated lesser than that of males. In the story, this nameless woman is the wife of a “physician of high standing” (Gilman, 1), and has a “[brother who is also a physician] of high standing” (1).
Part of the reason for this feeling is because the family rented this beautiful, big house for a price that is way below market value. Since her husband believes that the best treatment for her is to lock her away in the house until she gets better she has a lot of down time. So for the first few days she explores what little she can and occasionally writes about her feelings, but it did not take long for her to notice the ugly yellow wallpaper in their bedroom, which she presumes was an old nursery. As soon as she sees the yellow wallpaper she immediately gets fixated on it, she tries to study it and understand it as if there is some deep underlying meaning to the yellow wallpaper. Since she could never leave the house she started letting her obsession of the wallpaper get the better of her, day and night she would just stare at the paper repeatedly saying that she will figure out the pattern behind the
The husband in The Yellow Wallpaper cannot see why his wife should be stressed or nervous. He tells her that she is allowing her mind to get carried away and that that is her sole problem. Her illness reflects directly on him as both her husband and her doctor adding to her overwhelming sense of anguish. The character in The Yellow Wallpaper was not only the wife of a doctor but also a new mother. The family had enough resources to rent a home and sequester her in the top-most room, away from all of the noises of daily life.
As Bennetts says, women become enraged from the lack of help “Sometimes it’s directed against their husbands for not sharing the domestic burdens in a remotely equitable manner”(43). She portrays two parents fighting about the imbalance that women receive and no change being made to ease the pressure of the responsibilities. In contrast, Edelman is mad that she is turning into the the dominant parent at their house. She is afraid that her husband is going to be only a “provider parent” and have no emotional connection to their child. She expresses these ideas through frustration “I don’t remember the conversation where I asked him to support me financially in exchange for me doing everything else.
Repression of women’s rights in society stereotype that women are fragile. Men believed they should not work and be discouraged from intell... ... middle of paper ... ...tuck in a home they both lived in. Mrs. Marroner and Gerta come together and face the injustice of subjugation by Mr. Marroner. They leave Mr. Marroner and he is left with guilt and sorrow, losing the two women he loved most. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, women were often portrayed as submissive to men.
Right at the beginning of the play Rita depends a lot on her family and husband. They become an obstacle to her when she can't follow her ambition because of their working class values. They say she should stop thinking about being an educated woman and concentrate more on making a family. "Denny found out I was on the pill againâ€¦ he burnt all me books." This is an example of how her husband doesn't like her learning and how she is dismissing the idea of having children because of that.