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.
She then shouts at John saying “You can’t put me back!” (295). She had developed her own kind of sisterhood with the women behind the wallpaper, and had overthrown the patriarchal wallpaper. John fainted in response to this, seeing his power over his wife slip away (295). The many ways that John tried to help his wife actually ended up drawing her further in to her declining mental state. He used his power over her in ways that he perceived to be helpful because of his authority as a man.
Writings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s often depict husbands as controlling. This would lead to the demise of their wives. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman the husband’s insistence upon control, leaves their wives longing for the freedom of simple expression. “The Story of an Hour” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” illustrates how the husband is the controlling figure in the marriage. The two short stories also expose how the oppression put on them by their husband leaves the women unfulfilled and unhappy with their lives.
The Yellow Wallpaper is about the external conflict between an unnamed woman, trying to break free of her submissive role and find her voice in life, and her domineering husband who ... ... middle of paper ... ...eference to the characters apparent role in society and at home being beneath her husband. By acknowledging this she is once again voicing her opposition to the oppression of her officious husband. At the end of the story John faints in the path of his wife and she proceeds to “creep” over him (530). Symbolically the repressed wife has finally brought her husband down and has triumphed over him. Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes a haunting tale of lost identity and the struggle to break free of oppression and find a voice to be heard.
In this reading, you can see how Gilman is struggling to defend her argument on the reason male and female gender role has such a negative effect. The woman is being overwhelming by her emotions because it’s like her husband the one who supposed to care for her is taking her as a joke. She says her husband” “hates to have [her] write a word” (5)—and wallpapering her room (6). John is afraid for his wife to write only because he feels this will rekindle her thoughts of being a mother and wife again. Like before women aren’t the ones that will be the stronghold.
In the story, The Yellow Wallpaper, John seems deemed as the evil physician with a sick wife whom he dominates. Truthfully, he is simply the product of society. The narrator has a desire to have more in her life than just her husband and her child, but this was not the social norm. Also, the love she had for writing and creativity did not make her the ideal wife for this era. The major theme throughout this story is the domestic trap women faced from their husbands in the 19th century.
The wallpaper in itself could be a metaphor for the narrator’s own writing and how her husband does not support it, an example of woman vs. society. In the last pages of the short-story the narrator begins tearing the paper from the walls in a fit of angst, Gilman writes, “I’ve got out at last…in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back” (Gilman 328). The narrator feels liberated from pulling the paper off the walls, symbolizing that she is growing tired of the restrictions her husband (or society) places on her, and will not continue to follow them. An illustration of the conflict man vs. self as well as man vs. society; the narrator feels the unconscious desire and also her conscious thoughts that she is supposed to obey her spouses wishes that lead to the destruction of her rational self.
In the novel, the characters of Henchard and Elizabeth Jane both experience the pain of rejection in its different forms and discover reconciliation from that rejection. Henchard and Elizabeth-Jane similarly endure rejection from those they have deemed important figures in their lives. Lucetta loses her feelings for Henchard and he takes second place to Farfrae. Henchard confronts Lucetta at her home regarding her intention to marry him. After the encounter, Lucetta rebelliously cries, “[H]e’s hot-tempered and stern, and it would be madness to bind myself to him knowing that.
They had to obey men, because in most cases men held all the resources and women had no independent means of subsistence” (Wojtczak). The Yellow Wallpaper, takes a devastating look at the oppressive relationships between middle class husband and wife, doctor and patient. The Story of an Hour describes a moment of awareness when Mrs. Mallard realizes how she really feels about her life and situation. The news of her husband’s death shocks her into an awareness that seems to overtake her against her will. Mrs. Mallard and the narrator both express they want to be free, but unfortunately they achieve freedom through insanity and death.
By using perspective, setting and irony Gilman paints a picture of how many women are imprisoned by masculine authorities also realistic picture of the problem in human societies, gender role and marriage of African-Americans in Civil War Medicine. From the beginning of the story, the narrator mentions that her husband do not understand what she wants and takes her opinions seriously. The narrator states in the sentences, “No wonder the children hated it! I should hate it myself if I have to live in this room long” (Gilman 298). She says that the children hated this room and if she has to stay in this room, she has to hate it too.