Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” to express her opinions about feminism and originality. Gilman does so by taking the reader through the terrors of one woman's psychological disorder, her entire mental state characterized by her encounters with the wallpaper in her room. She incorporates imagery and symbolism to show how confined the narrator is because of her gender and mental illness. Gilman incorporates strong imagery throughout "The Yellow Wallpaper" to set the scene for the story and foreshadow the certain madness that is to come of the narrator. As the story progresses, so does the woman's declining mental status.
In the “The Yellow Wall-paper,” the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, writes about a struggling mentally ill woman, named Jane, trying to work through her individuality and her own depression. This story is centered around her bedroom, her mental state, and the yellow wall-paper on the walls in her room. The reader can easily feel the pain, anguish, despair, and struggles of a woman going through a depressive state. Gilman writes about the individual succession of the woman’s mental state through the disarray of the patterned yellow wall-paper. The theme of feminism is exposed by the main characters use of language, her feelings of inferiority, mental struggles, and anger.
Dialogue, narration, and symbolism are being used by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s in her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” to show that women with mental health problems are not taken serious. Throughout the story, readers are shown how the woman with postpartum depression is not treated properly for her condition and she is driven into madness. Gilman wants readers to realize this woman needed help but because she was not taken seriously, she ended up worse in the
Her opinions and physical activity is constantly oppressed and dismissed by the husband. The story portrays John’s dominance over his wife. As well, her deteriorating sanity is evidence that the male discourse is not superior and, therefore, enforces feminist pedagogy. In addition, the environment in which the wife is oppressed represents the dominance forced upon her by her husband. The feminist literary lens addresses the imprisonment of women, and the imbalance of power between the two genders.
This clearly states that women at that had to suffer a lot due to male dominance. Mostly Gilman talks about her desire to not stay at that house and wanting to free herself from all the restrictions. Thus this story is all about the woman’s struggle against patriarchal society that constricts them. The narrator in the story tries to have the feeling of freedom by peeling off the wallpaper from the wall and accepting herself to be free. Even though the narrator peels the wallpaper, it’s just in her subconscious she is able to free herself from the cruel society.
Women have been taught that they are inferior to men and because of this, many have developed low self-esteem and mental illnesses. Depriving one of many basic rights while also telling them that they are the lesser gender can severely damage one psychologically. Charlotte Perkins Gilman challenged the mental abuse towards women in her short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Perkins Gilman highlighted how men and even other women made women out to be lesser creatures than men. The main character, Jane, is pent up in a room by the hands of her husband and brother to “cure” her. She is looked after by her sister-in-law, Jeannie, and after being confined and not allowed to do anything productive, her sanity breaks.
He does not want her practicing discourse as he believes she is sick and her treatment is to be alienated from work, life, and writing to cure her condition. With John being a “physician of high standing” (Gilman), his role in the diagnosis of the narrator supports the claim of stereotypical woman of the household being a “domestic slave” (Treichler) to the head household, who is stereotypically considered a man. John, being a man, uses his medical diagnosis to exert control over his wife by telling her how she is to perceive, process, and act in her life. The narrator, who is a woman, at first is compliant with his orders. However, by her continuous action of secretly writing in her journal, she defies John’s course of treatment.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1899. One of the major themes is the cultural perception of women during this time. This short story is semi-autobiographical in the sense that Gilman went to the doctor that is mentioned in the story. She had similar struggles and feelings to the narrator of this story who is facing the controlling nature of her husband. While women of this time were trying to be kept in their private and domestic sphere, it left women feeling hopeless and full of depression.
Possibly due to her own circumstances, she is imagining herself as that very woman inside the wallpaper. Like the woman trapped, she also feels imprisoned and helpless. She repeatedly asks, “What is one to do?” (Gilman) as if she has no choice on what she wants to do. Her use of physical words to illustrate the wallpaper allows the readers to first feel her negative emotions but then sympathize with
Written in the 1890’s, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story which represents many social problems that woman in the late 1800’s faced. By using a first person point of view, she conveys a message that showed how women suffered from oppressive power that many men used on women. This story describes the narrator as a sick, mildly depressed woman, who is prescribed by her husband who is a physician to “rest” cure. As she rests in her room, she begins to endlessly stare at the yellow wallpaper, and begins seeing things within the pattern. The story portrays the struggle of how women were dominated by men, and how the narrator is freed from John her husband, and sanity, in order not to be suppressed by men.