That she is suffering from these feelings of postpartum depression after having her daughter. It seems to be the latter, as the narrator remarks on her unhappiness and ties it to her husband’s treatment of her. 2. Gilman has stated,” how he laughs at her, of course, but no one expects that.”(Gilman 473). This enhances her depression which forced him to make her leave to the colonial mansion with Dr. S. Weir Mitchell.
If women wanted to do anything other than care for the household, they would be looked down upon and titled as an unfit mother or wife. The Canterbury Tales displayed women as an ideology that women could not hold power and that beauty could be obtained by altering their appearance for women to become attributes for men. In this society, Chaucer is sympathetic to women while also realizing that men own women. The Wife of Bath went through five husbands, each giving her just what she wanted. All of her marriages taught her something different, either you get love or your give love.
Equality of genders is a basic human right that all should posses. However, in the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, the reader explores Afghanistan’s true nature of extreme gender inequality towards women and how it affects all the characters within the novel. The novel explores how within a marriage, women have unequal rights, undergo major amounts of physical abuse, and are emotionally and mentally tormented by their very own supposedly beloved husbands. A marriage is defined as a union of two people as partners in a personal relationship. However within the novel this is definitely not the case.
These standards take every ounce of power from the women and hand it to the men, preventing women from overcoming these standards. For example, Angela Vicario, the youngest daughter in her family, suffers through the judgement of society and the set standards of marriage and virginity. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez, the author illustrates how men force women into submissive roles in society in order to emphasize how it causes women to feel powerless and lessens their ability to attain equality with men. One illustration, proved by Bayardo San Román, demonstrates how men have the power to force women into submissive roles, especially through marriage. When he first comes to town with silver saddlebags matching his belt, he amazes everyone through his power and wealth.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story about a woman who, shortly after giving birth to her son suffers from what is now called postpartum depression, is sent with the rest of her family and a maid to a summer home to help her recover. Here she is under a treatment widely known as the rest cure, that the author had personal experience with, requiring the woman to rest and become isolated. Documented in her journal we watch the unnamed narrator descend into madness, conveyed by her interaction with other characters, the symbolism presented, and sentence structure. This story is told in the first person perspective of a woman who is prescribed a rest cure for what her husband, John a physician, refers to as a “temporary nervous depression (The Yellow Wallpaper 376)” and is forced to stay in her room in an attempt to heal. She has nothing to do; there is no one to talk to besides John’s sister Jennie the housekeeper who is content with being as domestic as possible, her husband, who treats his wife like a child, and Mary the nanny who takes care of the baby.
She may be diagnosed with slight hysteria, and nervous depression, but that is what makes her the best narrator for Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The unreliable first person point of view in this story is told through journal entries of a slightly hysterical woman undergoing treatment. She is both the protagonist, and the narrator. Thus allowing the woman to share her view of events, as well as sharing her thoughts throughout the story. Charlotte Gilman chose unreliable first person point of view for the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” because it is the best way to truly explain what the protagonist saw and felt.
She uses the foil to explore how Irene and Clare experience womanhood differently and connects it to the expectations of women in the 1920s. She mainly uses motherhood and marriage to exhibit these differences in their lives based on off race. She uses motherhood to show how Clare hates being a mother because of her fear of her husband finding out she’s black through her daughter’s skin tone. Irene appreciates being a mother even though she sacrifices her own desires for it; she understands the huge responsibility that comes with being a mother and embraces it. Marriage is used to portray Clare’s fear of her husband, and it shows Irene’s insecurity in her marriage when she suspects Clare and Brian are having an affair, yet her faith in her husband when she blames herself.
In “A Mother’s Day Kiss-Off” Bennetts tells of all her stories of how poorly women are treated, feeling like society should treat them the same as men. She explains “Mother’s Day would be an even happier occasion if it didn’t leave so many women feeling that their most important concerns had been kissed off by a greeting card” (44). In “The Myth Of Co-Parenting,” Edelman states “It began to make me spitting mad, the way the daily duties of parenting and home ownership started to rest entirely on me” (53). Edelman is expressing her anger that her husband started to not care anymore, while Bennetts is angry that people push mother’s troubles aside with a piece of paper. Edelman also shows in her article that she is angry by telling that she took her husband's credit card on day for revenge.
The connation of horror can be expressed in many different ways. One may not be able to decipher what qualifies as horror and what does not. In the story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman seeks to show the reader the submissive role women were expected to play in marriages in the twentieth century. The reader is immediately aware of the condescending manner in which the physician husband addresses his wife. The husband professes love and concern for his wife, but denies her a sense of reality and inflicts his will in ways that he cannot realize is detrimental to her condition.
The main character of The Yellow Wallpaper is an unnamed woman from the upper-middle class. A dignified wife and mother, she experiences a nervous breakdown, and her husband decided to rent a distant country manor to create appropriate conditions for the woman’s recovery. The closer analysis made his benevolent intentions look more like an attempt to incarcerate the lady and limit her of activities she needed for improvement of her physical and mental state. The man believed he made effective decisions in his fight with a typical female hysteria. But, as a result, the character started to hallucinate and see a woman, imprisoned in the pattern of the yellow wallpaper in her bedroom.
In turn, this could have dampened her chances of curing the cancer. Skloot does a phenomenal job of subtly explaining the importance of HeLa cells and their impact on the world, while explaining the life of Henrietta Lacks and her family. When told they have to read the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a majority of students will have no clue what the novel is about. That is, until they read the first page of the prologue and realize it is about a courageous woman and her cells, that have most likely affected their lives indirectly. As they continue, they will learn to appreciate the woman named Henrietta Lacks and the iconic HeLa cells attached to her name.