She acts as though she does not have a thought in her head and her submissiveness is what makes her a very unlikable character. (Scene from bedroom with hamlet) There are only two female characters in Shakespeare’s play, and neither Gertrude nor Ophelia are assertive in their roles. The source of Gertrude’s submissiveness is her inability to stand up to men and her dependency on them at the same time. While this may be a hard strike against her I feel that it is the right one. Gertrude does not have the will to stand up to Claudius and defend Hamlet, she simply sits by and watches her new husband call her son mad, while she might also believe this to be true she does nothing to help Ha... ... middle of paper ... ...Claudius.
Women were oppressed in this era, and states the misogynist, patriarchal power men had over their wives, girlfriends, or any women The yellow wallpaper in the story signifies the narrator’s imprisonment she encountered with her husband, his sister, and being confined by herself most days and nights. The narrator was trapped in a secluded room
It is easy for one to feel trapped in a seemingly familiar setting. The story, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, entails the struggle of a woman who feels confined in her own home and who becomes unable to organize her thoughts. She is assured by her husband that she is normal, yet she cannot come to terms with the feelings she harbors. She is forced to accept the societal standards that place women in lower status, because she is incapable of challenging the recognized power structures. She has no outlet to express concern or desire which ultimately makes her seem substandard.
It does weigh on me so not to do my duty in any way I meant to be such a help to John, such a real rest and comfort, and here I am a comparative burden already!” (Gilman 2). In this insight into the narrator’s mind one can see how she bases her self worth in what her husband thinks of her and since she believes that all she is to him is a burden, then she has no validation of her self worth through anyone but him. Restate Thesis- In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman the use of the Narrator’s conflict throughout the story causes her to have a mental breakdown brought upon by the narrator’s conflict with the environment she is in, the conflict with her husband, and the conflict within herself. The narrator’s conflict with her environment, her husband, and within herself brings upon her mental breakdown. If people would look past their own desires and opinions of others then people might be able to truly help others, instead of harming them by confining them to the box people put them
She suffered from a severe postpartum depression case, yet her marriage depressed her too. The narrator was in a marriage whereby her husband dominated and treated her like a child. Her husband was the sole decision maker and since she lived in a society whereby women were never allowed to question their husband’s decisio... ... middle of paper ... ...he stopped being the protector and the only rational thinker in the family. In this short story, the men had power over women and they undermined them. The narrator insisted to her husband that she was sick, but he never took her serious instead, he confined her in an isolated place away from home and her child.
As we know the character Mrs. Mallard finally enjoyed how joyful it was to have freedom and viewed the world with a fresh outlook, but suddenly all of her dreams broke up, and this caused her death. She actually died of shock when she saw that her husband wasn’t dead after all, and all her new freedom was not to be. She would be referred to the prison of her life as a Victorian wife. The ending greatly satirized that not all women wanted to be dominated by their husband and society.
The narrator knows that she is not too well and that John - her husband does not realize the intensity of her sickness, he ignores her continuous efforts to make him aware of the real situation and her suffering. To make the situation worse he imposes his opinions on her even when it comes to her health. This story shows us the life and the thoughts of the narrator which lead her to be free, but go out of her mind in the sense of the real world. This story is written as if the narrator is writing it. The narrator is sick and her husband has made her a study project, She is continuously watched and thus she has no privacy.
As the narrator mentions after her husband John, a physician, examines her, “he does not believe I am sick!”(1). Because her husband has no medical evidence that she is indeed sick, he doesn’t take her seriously, believing that she is making up her illness even though she tells him she does not feel well... ... middle of paper ... ...her own life and treatment in question. As a result, her husband’s, and ultimately societies, view towards women intensified her postpartum depression, which may have been very mild. In addition, she is pushed to the edge of the world like a child as well as living her life as one. Her confinement due to stereotypical patriarchal views of her simply because she is a woman leads to hysteria, which ultimately demonstrates that it is through the lack of equality for women and more specifically the narrator of this story that leads to a tragic outcome.
Her opinions and physical activity is constantly oppressed and dismissed by the husband. The story portrays John’s dominance over his wife. As well, her deteriorating sanity is evidence that the male discourse is not superior and, therefore, enforces feminist pedagogy. In addition, the environment in which the wife is oppressed represents the dominance forced upon her by her husband. The feminist literary lens addresses the imprisonment of women, and the imbalance of power between the two genders.
During the 1890’s married women had little to no freedom or rights, the men controlled the life of the women, therefore marriage was often viewed as imprisonment and a burden. The chains of marriage would change women’s perception of reality, causing women to often question their importance in this male driven world. Kate Chopin’s Story of an Hour and Charlotte PerkinsStenson’s The Yellow Wallpaper captures the views of these oppressed women very efficiently by using devices such as symbolism, imagery and irony, both tales center around one woman and her fall from reality and life due to the shackles of marriage. Both authors used symbolism to reflect their point of views on marriage, in The Story of an Hour, Chopin states that Mallard suffered