Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” has opened many people’s eyes since it was first published in 1892. In the beginning readers only acknowledged Gilman’s story as showing how women with mental illnesses were treated by physicians during the 1800’s. They overlooked the deeper meaning the text contained, and it was not until later that readers discovered it. Eventually, “The Yellow Wallpaper” became known as feminist literature. Gilman does a great job showing how women suffered from inadequate medical treatment, but above that she depicts how nineteenth century women were trapped in their roles in society and yearned to escape from being controlled by males.
This relationship status was very common between nineteenth-century women and their husbands. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman presents the behavior of society of the time. The protagonist is suppressed by her husband, John, and her brother, though they both mean well. The way she is treated by her husband and her brother is not outwardly “mean” because they never deal with her in anger, but the way that they suppress her by not letting her express her feelings or do what she wants, is still abuse. Even though, the way that they are treating her is wrong, it does not seem wrong because they both act gentle and kind towards her and make her think that they really do care about her.
The narrator is not truly aware that she has no control of her own life, perhaps subconsciously she is, but being raised in a society where women resemble second-class citizens she is ignorant to her situation. The Narrator loves her husband, and the husband does so in return, but his beliefs and practices toward the health and well-being ... ... middle of paper ... ...uld have shown women that they know what is best for their mental health, not seclusion, or what men tell them. After writing the story, Gilman sent a copy to her doctor, who, though he wouldn’t admit it to her, changed his procedure of healing after reading. Charolette Gilman was aware of the unfairness that Women felt at the hands of men, but unlike our narrator was able to fight it. It’s a shame that tis story wasn’t rediscovered until recently, who knows what kind of impact it could have had upon the struggle for women’s rights if it had been interpreted properly.
During the 19th century, many women were oppressed in their everyday life. The oppression that many of these women had was not only limited to their house work but they were also oppressed with their health. “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of Jane, a woman who tries to break free from the mental prison she is living in. Her husband, John secluded her from the people around her and took her to an isolated rental home so that her health could become better. As the days went on, Jane being isolated and the lack of power that Jane had led to the downfall of her insanity.
In 1892, the “rest cure” was a common practice to treat women with a nervous illness (Stiles). By diagnosing his wife with a nervous depression, the physician-husband would most likely believed that bed rest was the only reasonable treatment. However, as the story progresses we see the narrator plunge deeper into madness and she becomes ever more obsessed with the yellow wallpaper. He does display some loving characteristics. Conclusion Works Cited Gilman, Charlotte Perkins (2012-05-12).
All the pressure of working and raising children affected all Americans, but society blamed the nervous depression mainly on women because they were women. Charlotte Perkins Gilman conveys her own life experience and illness that she went through and how women were treated during the 1800’s. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman includes a variation of elements for the reader to try to comprehend the story. However, sickness and gender are associated together. Gilman is a woman from the 19th century that suffered from postpartum depression.
After a long struggle to have some rights, women were not given the right to vote until 1920. For many centuries women have been controlled by men by being told what they can and cannot do. The story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is considered a feminist piece through the narrators husband’s words and actions, the environment she stayed in, and the narrator’s own words. The narrator’s words play a strong role in displaying her being the inferior gender in society. Judith A. Allen states that, “Gilman's early brush with madness, fictionalized in her famous short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," resulted not from a doctor's prescription of the rest cure as the story might suggest, but from the excruciating miseries--sexual, economic and otherwise--of her first marriage” (Allen).
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a huge feminist in her time and influenced women through her literature such as The Yellow Wallpaper which displayed the struggles of women through her mind of being forced to listen to the orders of a man of what would cure her mental illness (Cott). Charlotte Perkins Gilman is best known for her short story The Yellow Wallpaper. Which was about a women who ill, was diagnosed by her husband to stay all day in a room. She was to do nothing intellectually such as read or write. The women eventually became mentally ill becoming obsessive over the yellow wallpaper in the room.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” A Feminist Stand Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist and a creative writer who wrote an eerie but moving short story entitled The Yellow Wallpaper. Originally published in The New England Magazine under her maiden name Stetson in 1892 this short story addresses feminism and individuality through dialogue and symbolism in a subtle way by taking the reader through the slow mental breakdown of the protagonist. The story The Yellow Wallpaper is told in first person by our protagonist, who is an unknown female who is married to a well-respected physician named John. After being ordered to follow the steps of the “rest cure”, which required her to “live life as domestically as possible”, “have but two hours’ intellectual
In the “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman depicts a story representing not only her own personal experience with depression and oppression, but it represents an era relative to women everywhere. The woman in the story is a mother and wife born in the 1800s who battled post-partum depression during an era when female oppression dominated society which made it impossible to accept a cry for help or need for responsible medical care. Her husband John was a physician, whom to some would be an asset to her, but because of societal customs, often trivialized his wife’s condition. In those days women were considered to be second rate to their husbands. Keeping house and upholding the perfect family image was their main requirement.