Analysis Of Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

1499 Words Dec 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Before the twenty – first century, the role of women was clearly defined by the standards of the society. The roles of these women reflected the male dominance in the society and perpetuated ideological prisons that led to the silence of the women at the hands of their male counterparts. Servants tended the needs of the family and the ideological Cult of True Womanhood, Domesticity and Purity were enforced to ensure that women remained passive and docile in their relationships. In essence women became vulnerable and dependent on the males as these males became were the self-proclaimed patriarchal head of the household. Charlotte Perkins-Gilman was one of the journalists and feminist intellectuals who had serious concerns about the social justice and political inequality in the society. Much of her works reflected the unequal status of women in marriage. The role of these women placed them in a position that robs them of their ability to exercise intelligence and creativity and leave them with a feeling of being isolated from the rest of the society. Charlotte Perkins-Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” uses metaphors, symbolism and internal monologue to illustrate the adverse effects of isolation on the actions of women in the society. At the onset of the story, the readers realize that the wife faces an unbearable inner emotional turmoil that threatened her very sanity. She notes: ”It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral…

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