How Were Women Portrayed and Compared to Men in the 1800’s Through Feminist Short Stories? “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done ask a woman.” ~Margaret Thatcher. This quote is saying that woman can do anything. In “The Story of an Hour” and the “Yellow Wallpaper” the main characters, who are women, feel trapped because the control that men had. Also, in the 1800’s men thought of women as a personal servant and the quote above identifies that perfectly.
However the longest the character was isolated, the greater effect it had on them. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins uses insanity to portray the mistreatment of women and how the solutions people thought worked back then only made them worse. A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner brings up insanity as negative response to what society thinks or says about a certain person. The gossips and the rejection of Homer only made her commit murder. Readers can learn from this short stories to not be so judgmental against women, or believe in stereotypes that society portray.
Isolation is a dangerous thing. It can push us into thinking very pessimistically, which can lead us into doing harmful actions. As Miguel de Unamuno once said, “isolation is the worst possible counselor.” In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper the narrator is portrayed as psychotic as a result of solidarity; this shows us the dangerous effects of complete isolation. Women with mental illnesses in the 1800s were not taken very seriously. They were often told to get some rest, and they would be fine.
At the point when George shoots Lennie it demonstrates that he cared for Lennie and realized that in the event that he let the others discover Lennie they would torment him. Steinbeck demonstrates that, in Lennie 's situation, individuals with dysfunctional behaviors were dealt with as sub-par and misjudged with little help in their circumstances. It likewise demonstrates that when individuals are detainees to their status, for example, Curly 's wife, you are headed to do emotional and consideration looking for acts that cause inconvenience of everybody. In the book, the writer utilized words that were not proper English, for example, ain 't and different illustrations "You never oughta drink water when it ain 't running, Lennie,". John
This helps the reader realize if society doesn't speak it takes the side of the tormentor. Furthermore, not speaking out makes the tormentors think they can continue to get away with causing human suffering. Additionally, not speaking up makes the victims feel weak Eli says, "we felt abandoned, forgotten. All of us did"(Wiesel Perils, pg 2).This illustrates that not speaking out takes
During the story "Tell-Tail Heart" the narrator often stated unpleasing things such as "Why would you say I'm mad? The disease had only sharpened my senses not dulled them." When reading "Tell-Tail Heart" the narrator seems insane, and if he went to see a health expert, a negative result would come back at him.
John just wanted his wife to get out of the depression by locking her away, and if you look at the story at the end she did came out of her depression because she lost the touch of reality and in her mind she was trying to save another woman from the yellow wallpaper. She forgot her own depression because she went insane. The story is related to Gilman herself. She did have a miscarriage and went into depression. She was prescribed a same cure as the wife in the story.
Gender in the Yellow Wallpaper By Clinton/Lewinsky 2016 The yellow wallpaper is a compelling book about a woman going crazy and tearing off the yellow wallpaper off the wall. At first glance, this seems like a bad book written by an unstable person who was obsessed with wallpapers. However, this is not the case, and with closer analysis the book is about critiquing gender constructs in society. First of all, gender in that society was based on keeping women down and letting men be superior in modern society. Women weren’t encouraged to be in the workforce and men were generally in positions of power.
At first the yellow wallpaper is just an “artistic sin”-(Pg.420) but the narrator uses language that is metaphoric with “when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide.”-(Pg. 421) The main character herself can feel like the “lame uncertain curves” and it is possible that she has the fear of suicide. In the story later on when the wallpaper becomes more active in the narrator’s mind and is trying to follow the pointless pattern to some kind of conclusion with “they connect diagonally, and the sprawling outlines run off in great slanting waves of optic horror.”-(Pg. 424) This is the narrator trying find her own conclusion in her own life. The “formless sort of figure”-(Pg.
She describes the emotions that she felt by comparing herself to Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird (Stockett 414). This comparison is likely to be made because people are afraid of what is unknown, so they create false stories or spread comments of hate thus adding to the ignorance which is being passed down as if it were a family tradition. Eugenia had also been avoiding these people as though she was frightened by their way of rejecting people and being unaccepting to change. Eugenia uses this hatred as motivation and perseveres through meeting with the help and working on her book. The only way the lives of others will change for the better is if Eugenia seeks self-improvement and others follow in her footsteps of