The Yellow Wallpaper Feminist Analysis Essay

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Gender Theory of "The Yellow Wallpaper"

"The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a short story often regarded as a feminist classic. Because of this, critics tend to analyze the text through the perspective of a gender theorist. This critical lens is additionally relevant in that, it helps to exhibit examples of subtle misogyny that was common in the time the work was written, while at the same time showing how it was still very feminist for its time period. Specifically, one can find that the unnamed narrator of the short story succumbs to madness as a result of being too heavily oppressed by the patriarchal society in which she resides. One can also find that the author intended to make a feminist statement in writing "The
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So, using gender theory in evaluating it is an essential part of understanding it. "'The Yellow Wall-Paper' appears to be a text that simultaneously mirrors Gilman's ideological limitations as a feminist reformer and symbolically moves beyond those limitations."(Hume). Through gender critical analysis one can find that Gilman "moves beyond those limitations" by framing the story in a horrifying, insanity-inducing manner that causes its reader to emphasize with the oppressed. In a world ran by fifty percent of the population, Gilman dared to put her thoughts on the front line through this tale, and the world may even be better off for…show more content…
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