Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born on July 3rd, 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. “Gilman suffered a traumatic and poverty-stricken childhood, but read ethics and philosophy to gain control of her life” (National Women 's History Museum). She was a well-known writer and social activist for women’s rights. Her love of literature came from her father, Frederic Beecher Perkins who left his family when Perkins was a young girl (Biography.com Editors). Her first marriage was to artist Charles Walter Stetson in 1884 after she had previously denied him. They had one daughter, Katherine, before separating from her husband in 1888 and divorcing in 1894 (“Charlotte Perkins Gilman."). Sometime during her decade-long marriage to Stetson, Gilman experienced a severe depression and underwent a series of unusual treatments for it. This experience is believed to have inspired her best-known short story "The Yellow Wall-Paper" (1892) (Biography.com Editors). After the divorce and suffering through post-partum depression, Charlotte moved to California where her career as an activist took off. After Charlotte’s mother died in 1895, she moved back to the New York area where she reconnected and ...
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...he way Gilman died. How she was finally free and could leave and when Gilman committed suicide to be free of cancer.
With the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” we can see how Gilman reflects one of her own experiences in the story. Although this particular story was released around 1982 it also shows the ways of how feministic of a writer Gilman was. Not only did Gilman show her readers about feminism in “The Yellow Wallpaper” but also in another story called “If I Were a Man”, which tells a story of a woman who transforms and becomes her husbands and sees the world out of the eyes of a man and what they think of women. Gilman showed her feministic style within her stories and she wanted to let woman know that they should be just as equal as men are. Gilman’s feministic style is seeded in a rich background of rough relationships which is portrayed through her writing.
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