Analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper Gender played a very large role in the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It symbolizes the way women were viewed in the 1800’s by society and most importantly, men. The narrator in the story believes that she is sick with a nervous condition. Her husband being a physician, down plays it and forces a treatment of completely isolating her in a room from the outside world, as well as restricting her from being active and writing. As the narrator writes in her hidden journal, we start to discover how peculiar she really is when she becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper.
Glaspell uses the stereotypical notion that females enjoy sewing. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Wr... ... middle of paper ... ... society. The murder of Mr. Wright is used to portray the anger she has with men and how they degrade the intelligence of women (Mael 2). Glaspell believes that women are just as smart if not smarter than men, but do not actively voice their opinions due to male’s dominance throughout society. The feminist theme is drawn by the characters, the title, the role women had throughout the play, and the conflict.
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.
Themes and Fate in The Awakening and Madame Bovary Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary are both tales of women indignant with their domestic situations; the distinct differences between the two books can be found in the authors' unique tones. Both authors weave similar themes into their writings such as, the escape from the monotony of domestic life, dissatisfaction with marital expectations and suicide. References to "fate" abound throughout both works. In The Awakening, Chopin uses fate to represent the expectations of Edna Pontellier's aristocratic society. Flaubert uses "fate" to portray his characters' compulsive methods of dealing with their guilt and rejecting of personal accountability.
The Essence of Marriage The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin describes the moment when Mrs. Mallard is notified about her husband’s dead. Despite the short length of the story, it is evident that the role women had at the time made them feel dominated and deprived them of developing their individuality. This oppression harmed their emotional health as we evidenced in the story. In the author’s opinion, marriage oppresses women and men, even when there is love in it. Is marriage a tie of oppression for both genders, even when they love each other?
A society that is surrounded with male dominated characters is the primary causes of the way these two women turn out to become later in life. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” the attendance of the female lead is the chosen point of how much a male dominated person can turn a woman’s mind towards insanity. The two stories that are chosen to demonstrate the causes a male dominant character can have towards a love one can completely destroy the mental and physical stability a woman has. In “A Rose for Emily” there is the main character that experiences a chronic shock over the loss of her father and tries to find a replacement for the man in her life. The need to have someone with the main character is present throughout the whole piece but in turns in an obsessive need for control and thus murder of the man she loves.
Euripides showed his interest in psychology in his many understanding portraits of women ('World Book';). Euripides choice of women support characters such as the nurse and the chorus is imperative to the magnification of Medea's emotions. The very fact that the nurse and chorus are female deepens Medea's sadness, impassions her anger, and makes the crime of killing her own children all the more heinous. Medea's state of mind in the beginning of the play is that of hopelessness and self pity. Medea is both woman and foreigner; that is to say, in terms of the audience's prejudice and practice she is a representative of the two free born groups in Athenian society that had almost no rights at all ('Norton Anthology'; 739).
Imagine if you were a woman in nineteenth century America, what do you think life would be like? The obvious answer is that one would be subjected to being a housewife and only a housewife, but there was something else that went far beneath this surface oppression. For women, the nineteenth century was a dark period. Not only were they thought of as glorified maids, but they were also greatly oppressed and subjected to the rule of man. At this time, women weren’t allowed to vote and it was socially unacceptable for a woman to do much without the proper consent of her husband or father.
All the mother cared about was if her daughters were going to get married. She would try to find men to marry her daughters. Being single back then women got looked down upon. The societal strictures on women played in marriage played a huge part in the story and marriages in the 1800s. In the story “Pride and Prejudice” women had many obligations and few choices.
The American novels Charlotte Temple and The Scarlet Letter are similar in many ways. Some of the most obvious are that both of the novels revolve around the lives of ruined women. In Charlotte Temple, Charlotte is seduced by the charming solder John Montraville, who singlehandedly manages to tarnish her reputation by leaving her a young, pregnant, outcast. Hester Prynne also goes through public humiliation for her actions with Arthur Dimmesdale. However, these women are greatly affected by the men in their lives, who are much of the cause of the women's turmoil.