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The Yellow Wallpaper And Aunt Jennifer's Tigers: A Literary Analysis

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Awesome Title in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” by Adrienne Rich

The feminist movement has grown and spread in the past decade. Women all over the world are standing up for basic rights, such as education, that all people, regardless of gender can enjoy. This movement is not a new one, though. Women from times past had already started paving the way towards some of the rights women have today. The work is not yet complete, and is evident by looking at the domination of women throughout the centuries, specifically the 19th and 20th century, which was the height of the women’s rights movement. By analyzing two literary works from two different eras, “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in the late 19th century and “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” written by Adrienne Rich in the mid-20th century, one can conclude that while there have been improvements to women’s rights, there is still discrimination prevalent. Although set in two different time periods, the main
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The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” deals with inner turmoil as well as fighting the patriarchal system she lives in, because her husband tells everyone “that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression-- a slight hysterical tendency” (64). Society is represented through her husband. Everyone believes there is nothing wrong, which leads to her inner turmoil that causes her to hallucinate and fight to get out of her mind and the oppressive society she lives in. In contrast, Aunt Jennifer submits to the system and escapes through the creation of her tigers. According to Smith, the problem is that “the tigers that she created were her only means of escaping the oppression, but she died oppressed” (73). In both cases, neither woman is able to truly escape and become free from the oppressive situation they are
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