The Yellow Wallpaper Analysis

“This is the woman’s century, the first chance for the mother of the world to rise to her full place . . . and the world waits while she powders her nose.” ? Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Goodreads) . Gilman knew that women were more powerful than what society deemed them to be during her time. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” she conveys what it was like for women to battle a sexism. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story about a woman who seems to be suffering from postpartum depression. John(her husband) decides that taking her to a vacation home and have her remain in a room for three months is the best way to treat her. He refuses to listen to what she wants which leads her into madness. The story was published in 1892. During this time woman have very little rights/freedoms. Charlotte Perkins Gilman veraciously depicts the relationship between men and women during this time in”The Yellow Wallpaper” . By analyzing the symbolism and text one can conclude that “The Yellow Wallpaper was a Feminist story speaking against the construction of a women’s role in society.

Through the perspective of the narrator women or subordinate. She depicts her marriage as a child-father relationship. In the story, the narrator tries to tell her husband that she is seriously mentally sick, but he does not listen. “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- – slight hysterical tendency- – what is one to do?” (Gilman). In this line not only does the narrator tell us that her feelings are undermined but she has no say about her own condition. To her husband, she is doing nothing more than exaggerating her condition. He makes it clear that he knows what’s best for her. John also takes the narrator’s ability to be creative. She likes to write but to him, that is considered “work” and can but a strain on her. So she has to sneak writing …

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