By writing “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Perkins Gilman wants to bring attention to the harm that this control could have on women and to raise awareness that every woman is capable of being their own advocate for equality. Perkins Gilman writes “The Yellow Wallpaper” to give a voice to the subjugated woman of nineteenth century society and to symbolize how this repression infectes all aspects of a woman’s existence including her personal relationships, her psyche, and her relationships in society. Up until the nineteenth amendment was passed in 1920, society viewed women as second class citizens who had a duty to their home, family, and husband; they did not belong out in the workforce creating their own identity. This ideology, referred to as the Cult of True Womanhood, maintained that women were subservient to the family and home, and had no identity outside of this role (Thomas). Being a mother and a wife were all predetermined by society, and these predetermined roles stifled the progressive women of this time which prevented them from contributing to society.
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A world where women had rights, control, and power was a fantasy. According to Hall, he states, “Key to all feminist methodologies is the belief that patriarchal oppression of women through history has been profound and multifaceted” (Hall 202). In other words, it is known that the male takes complete cruel supremacy over the years in our history. In The Awakening and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, they all convey the struggles that females faced to be accepted and to find their identity. To commence, women have been denied self-expression which impacted their daily lives.
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Edna is a young woman who discovers that her pampered married life is not what she wants. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ory in such a way that Edna has come to know herself, her true self, and does not need to continue living and searching. Kate Chopin's success as a writer plummeted after the release of The Awakening. It has been noted that contemporary critics were shocked at the way Chopin portrayed Edna Pontellier. Edna's character violated the codes of the behavior of nineteenth-century American women.
“Edna felt that her marriage would anchor her to the conventional standards of society and end her infatuation” (Skaggs 30). She is fond of Leonce, but he does not incite passionate feelings. Edna represents women in the past that were suppressed. These women weren't allowed to give their opinions and were often seen as objects, which explains the way her husband never really saw Edna as his wife, but more as a material possession. “You are burnt beyond recognition, he added, looking at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered great damage” (Chopin 2).
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