First of all, when talking about the dominance of the male in this time period one must first look at the time when the story was written. This short story was written in a time where women really didn’t have much say in anything. “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression—a slight hysterical tendency—what is one to do” (Gilman)? This shows how everyone disregards her and pushes it aside as if it is nothing to even bat an eye at. “So I take phosphates or phosphites—whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to “work” until I am well again (Gilman). This quote tells us that the narrator questions the, “rest cure”. “I went home and obeyed those directions for some three months, and came so near the borderline of utter mental ruin that I could...
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...tistic work again and began to recover, finding strength within her work and “ultimately recovering some measure of power.” This experience is what led her to write The Yellow Wallpaper. Perkins Gilman admits to embellishments, stating she “never had hallucinations or objections to my mural decorations”. Written as a celebration of return to her success, her true motivation behind sharing her story, albeit in a fictional world, lay within the hope of saving others from her fate of mistreatment and the nearly paralyzing insanity following soon after.
Conclusion As shown above one many argue that a woman’s place is in the kitchen or even on the chain held by her master also called her husband. But no, she belongs on his side. Marriage is a highway not a one-way street. And the mind is a place to escape once in a while not to constantly dwell as to hide from the world.
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