What Is The Feminism In The Yellow Wallpaper

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In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator display conflicts women faces in order to find freedom of thought in society back in the late 1800’s where man control everything. It is clear that this is a feminism piece of writing base on the behavior of John around the protagonist, the writing and thought of the protagonist and the environment around her. In combine, these events describe the isolation of women and their actions being controlled by men. John represent a perfect example of a husband back in the 1800’s who controls every movements and words of his wife. He believes that his wife, the protagonist, cannot make her own decision and thing for herself. “John laughs at me, of course, but one …show more content…

Her situation is more like prison-like, when the narrator asked her husband to repair the walls, he refuses. “That after the wall-paper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on”. Even though this environment made her feel repressed, her husband denied to change the walls, making her a prisoner in his house. “At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars!”. The paper represent a mental prison constraining her like gates or bars. The narrator main focus that brought her madness was the paper, she is drowned by its shapes and appearance, unable to pull from its tempting depressive figure. The protagonist is not freed from this capture until the end when she ribbed most of the wallpaper from the wall. In conclusion, this story was written to knowledge the author’s feminist views, displaying the physical and mental grief women faced in the 1800’s. These were presented in John’s actions, the writing and thought of the narrator, and the environment. Throughout the story, Gilman writes about psychological and imprisonment struggles implanted on women by society. She believes if a women ever want to be free and have their own

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