He keeps her alone in an old beat up nursery when she should be out being productive. He also doesn't let her do anything because he is “protecting her” and helping her recover faster when they both know that is not the case. And he at one point of the story says “What is it, little girl?” and “Don't go walking about like that---you will get cold.” The biggest symbol of oppression in the story is The Yellow Wallpaper. At first it is seen as nothing but an old ruined wallpaper with a “bad” pattern. As the story progresses she stares at the paper for hours and sees a sub-pattern behind the main pattern, visible only in certain light.
He considers his wife inferior and weak. Throughout the story he seems to wave away problems that his wife has with the home. For example, she wants to remove the yellow wallpaper from the room and John just laughs at her and tell her that if he does this, she’ll just ask for more. Refusing to give her what she wants and keeping her trapped within the yellow-walled prison of his making. John often attempts to make it where the protagonist cannot even think.
Most women were diagnosed with postpartum depression. Postpartum depression occurs after birth when the hormones of women are changing which causes many symptoms such as irritability, hot flashes, and sadness. In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator suffers from postpartum depression and is put into a mental hospital by her husband only to find out in the end he was not who she thought he was and the place she was living was not what she had
Just like what happened between her and Crooks when she dropped her fingers and put her hands on her hips, Crooks said, “Maybe you better go along to your own house now. We don’t want no trouble.” Curley’s wife doesn’t have social life at all. In fact, she also facing attitude adversity. She discriminated Crooks by calling him “nigger”. Even if she’s the wife of the Boss’s Son, she’s still facing social adversity because she was longing for attention, companion, and a friend.
Women were thought of as weak and unable, and they did not question a man’s authority. Through the development of this story, it shows how passive women with postpartum depression were treated poorly and it resulted in mentally ill patients rather than healthy ones. The ever changing tone, vivid imagery, and ironic situations all show how the woman comes to understand who she is. The narrator in this story comes to the realization that she is the woman in the wallpaper she has envisioned- trapped in this world by her own husband. To break free of this entrapment, she ripped off all the wallpaper so no one could put her back into her horribly vivid
But when the Gilead was made and she was forced to stay home “She stays in her home, but it does not seem to agree with her.” (84). Serena Joy who was once a star and active speaker fell to the oppression towards female in the time of the Gilead. Her personality changed as well, one would think she is a loyal to her husband but offered Offred to have sex with Nick. “We just won’t tell him[Commander], will we?” (303) is a solid proof that Serena is not loyal to the Commander and she just wants to have a baby. When Serena found out about the affair she said “Just like the other one.
Due to being a woman , Esperanza’s mother was not able to complete her education , instead she was forced to stay at home and look after Esperanza and her siblings while her husband provided for them, she strongly resents this ‘“I could have been somebody, you know? My mother says and sighs. She has lived in this city her whole life. She can speak two languages. She can sing an
Which Jeannette later found out was because her mom refused to sell their land. By making this choice she hurt her kids by making them live with poverty and starvation. Secondly, Jeannette’s mom didn’t believe in many things, including glasses. Jeannette explains, “She didn’t approve of glasses. If you had weak eyes, Mom believed they needed exercise to get strong.
The room at the top of the house was not just a room, but a place that caused the unfortunate woman to become crazy. Everything that the wallpaper represents take the story deeper and allow the reader to actually understand the woman’s situation. While reading the story, the reader learns that this story is told through a diary the woman used to vent. After being left alone in that awful room, the woman is very bored and lonely, so she decides to write in it. At the beginning of the story, the woman is prescribed a “cure” for her “problems.” The woman’s husband wanted to make sure that his wife only rested and did nothing else because he thought would involve brainpower.
In this part, Curley’s wife talks to Candy about how his dreams are not going to work out. She says, “I seen too many of you guys...I know you guys” (Steinbeck, pg 79). This proves that Curley’s wife has been at that house for a long time with no one to talk to, and it’s caused her to have a constant need for attention. The only way she knows how to get attention is by messing with people. Curley’s wife tries to explain to Candy that his dreams will never work out which portrays that she deals with her attention by bring people down.