Women In The Yellow Wall-Paper

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“The Yellow Wall-Paper” which was published in the late nineteenth century shows that the women of that time did not have much cultural value. In the story the husband acts more like a father to his wife than a husband. Throughout the story he calls her ‘little girl’ and like a father has rules that must be obeyed. He has locked her up in a nursery room that she hates in a large castle and ordered her not to move from the bed, because she is on a ‘rest cure’ that is supposedly going to help her get over her post-partum depression. Because she is stuck in a room that she despises, she becomes very lonely and even more depressed which causes her to start staring at the wallpaper and slowly become crazy from the isolation. When she tries to tell…show more content…
Women are still considered delicate and must be taken care of by men and for southern women that is even truer because Southerners value tradition and traditional ideologies. However, women are now able to be more independent, though they are basically second class and don’t bring much importance to society other than the obvious repopulation. Miss Emily is a southern woman which means that she is taken care of by her father and then eventually her husband but because she never married she is taken care of by the town when her father dies. Now because of the slight changes in how women are treated Miss Emily is able to say no when the new town heads come in and try to get her to pay taxes and it is rude to oppose a southern lady, in the past that would not have been allowed because women weren’t able to have a real voice or disobey/ disagree with a man. Faulkner shows many times in the story how much he thinks women don’t bring much importance to society. He describes how the women are always gossiping and curious, like how they only go to Miss Emily’s funeral because they wanted to see the inside of her house, but the men go to pay respects. The author also focuses on Miss Emily’s appearance very often making it seem like her appearance is one of the only things that makes her…show more content…
This is shown by the way Sammy acts towards the different women he comes in contact with throughout the story. Towards the house wives that are in the store before the young girls come in Sammy is mostly indifferent to but refers to them as sheep and house slaves which shows how much he doesn’t value women in society. The old woman who he is checking out in his line he calls a witch and talks about how she would be burned at the stake if they were in Salem during the witch trials. I believe that to Sammy the women of the time were only supposed to marry, have children, and raise said children and because of that he didn’t believe that those women were important to him or to society. When Sammy sees the 3 girls come inside the store in their bathing suits it doesn’t take him long to soak every part of them in. He in great detail describes the way the girls look and how they must act in their normal lives based on said looks. ‘Queenie’ he assumes to be very dumb because of her good looks and the mediocre girl he expects to be popular because she is pretty to other girls but not a threat to them because she isn’t too pretty. The way he views and talks about the girls is quite sexist and sexually charged as would be expected of a young teenage
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