Literary Criticism Of The Yellow Wallpaper

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An analysis of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper is a story that was written during a time of great change by Charlotte Perkin’s Gilman. In the early to mid-19th century, the society positioned American middle class women as the spiritual and moral leaders of their homes. Based on this domestic ideology, a woman’s place in the society was only in the private domain of the home, where she was expected to fulfill her duties as a wife and mother. Men on the other hand took up public positions at work, in economics and politics. However, by the middle of the 19th century, this belief started changing as activists began advocating for the rights of women. By the end of the 1800s, the concept of “The New Woman” had already started circulating as women pushed for broader roles that drew on their talents and intelligence outside their homes. Gilman was one of those women who strongly advocated for revised roles for women through literature. The Yellow Wallpaper was first published in the New England Magazine in January 1892 and is considered to be one of the earliest literary pieces that focused on women’s rights in America. Gilman created a fictional narrative based on her personal experiences suffering from depression and nervousness, which describes the kind of suffering women went through since doctors advocated for ‘rest cure.’ This story focuses on the unequal relationship between males and females in the American society in the 19th
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