The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The dictionary definition of Feminism is the belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes and the fight for women's rights and agency, challenging the patriarchal systems and societal norms that have historically oppressed and marginalized women. Since the past and even now, a lot of women are fighting against society to defend their rights. In The Yellow Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she discusses the issue of female suffering and lack of freedom in the patriarchal society that limits women’s choices and desires. The yellow wallpaper is a story about John and his wife who he keeps locked up due to her "nervous condition" of anxiety. This story can also be read as a commentary on the way women's voices were silenced …show more content…

The narrator's obsession with the yellow wallpaper can also be seen as a metaphor for the way women were trapped in their domestic roles. The wallpaper represents the societal expectations and constraints that women were forced to live with, and the narrator's growing madness reflects the frustration and despair that many women felt as a result. The narrator discovers her secret self and, eventually, her independence within the wallpaper. Her fascination with the paper starts slowly and gradually absorbs both the narrator and the story. When the narrator arrives at the long-empty "ancestral estate," a classic gothic location, she is disappointed to realize that her husband has picked the top-floor nursery room for her. The walls are covered in the dreadful yellow wallpaper, the design of which "commit[s] every artistic sin." The narrator becomes fascinated by the design, and she begins to see more than simply the outward pattern. At first, she sees “bulbous eyes' and “absurd unblinking eyes . . . everywhere”, phrases suggestive of John Bak of a panopticon, an “alternative” prison developed by Jeremy Bentham in the nineteenth century to replace the dank English prison of the

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