Themes Of Sexism In The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Underlying Patriarchy Charlotte Perkins Gilman, an acclaimed social activist and writer, wrote a series of journal entries under the name of The Yellow Wallpaper in the early twentieth century. These series of eerie entries influenced by her personal experience with her ex-husband were meant serve as an indirect critic regarding the malpractice towards mentally insane patients. Yet, the context including the writer’s sex and the treatment received by the husband in the story may incline towards something else than just the maltreatment of the insane. In Gilman’s story of The Yellow Wallpaper, the telling of her mental illness and oppressive treatment delivered by her husband can manifest in real life, given the sexism the world faces.…show more content…
This treatment recommended and guided by her husband expresses a similar concept that women are silenced—forced to follow what men say without opposition. Despite this being considered a reasonably good treatment in theory, in practice it restricts the individual’s freedom. For example, the narrator states that she restricted to “tonics, and air and exercise, and journeys” as she is “absolutely forbidden” from doing what she loves – writing. Her passion for writing can be generalized as her way of expressing herself, as a way to keep sane; without such capability the narrator gets “exhausted a good deal”. The narrator herself has a good idea of what would make her feel better. For instance, she states doing what she is passionate about will bring her “excitement and change.” Nevertheless, she is met with opposition of her husband, explaining that it is “the worst thing she can do”, which strengthens the idea that the narrator would rather follow her husband’s advice instead of meeting “heavily opposition.” The narrator was diverted from her passions, for they were considered problematic not only to her health, but also to the patriarchal society women are constantly exposed…show more content…
For instance, initially, the narrator regards her house as “beautiful place” with a “delicious garden.” However, it gradually turns to a distaste towards her own house, regarding it as a “strange house.” Such instances of being stuck in a room all day made her more aggressive and “hysterical”, as she states that she would get “unreasonably angry with John”, for he never listened to her perception that there was something “strange about the house.” Despite the reasonable emotions exerted by the narrator, the husband “would not hear of it”, believing the “place is doing [her] good” even though it is obvious the yellow wallpaper situated in her room what mainly causes the narrator to be overwhelmed. Bringing into conclusion that despite him being very “careful and loving” as the narrator may be convinced, he still is a representation of the suppression of women. The narrator began to associate with the yellow wallpaper in her room, as she states that she would see a woman trapped in it. The instance itself runs from hating this woman, wanting to “tie her up” to the point where she wishes to set her free. Considerably, this can imply the willful hate the narrator exerts due to seeing someone else in her position, yet begins to show her desire for freedom by wanting to set someone she associates with free. The narrator

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