Gilman progressively creates a feeling of frustration in the narrator from they way the husband speaks to her and her responses, personal monologues, and confused frustration from the syntax later in the story. An example of her frustration is when she exclaims "And what can one do? (1067)” in response to writing on how her husband and brother both believed isolating her was the best course of action for her. She is helpless, unable to go against her brother and husbands orders because she is a woman and these males are both doctors held in high esteem within the community. She is frustrated because she knows her concerns will not be pondered over seriously and therefore has no control. Furthermore, her husband speaks to her in a manner that is degrading. She says...
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...perfect woman in a society where she did not fit in.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman in"The Yellow Wallpaper" engages the reader using literary elements such as tone, syntax, personification, and diction to reveal a woman who is imprisoned by society and her surroundings, the frustrations of being a woman in the 1800 's, and ends up going insane to be free of the gender roles forced on her. Though she originally starts out with possible postpartum depression, the isolation from society and lack of support could have possibly driven her insane as well as the lack of mental stimulation. In essence, this is a plea for women 's rights and the ability for women to express themselves. Gilman may have been writing this story as an example of what a woman has to experience from their point of view. She may write this in the hope that a man reads it and realizes, “this is wrong”.
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