Analysis Of The Yellow Wall Paper, And Angels In America

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I argue that the Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Gilman, and Angels in America by Tony Kushner, both confront the sexual politics of the husband-wife relationships. As much as we may want to believe that inequality is a thing in the past, inequality is very much still present. The stories both symbolize unhappy wives, who not only are in agony, but both women are in torment and feel oppressed in their relationships. According to the novels, women have always come second to the male population. The stories challenge us to contemplate on the oppression and exploitation of women. However, this idea has been challenged in today’s America. Women have since then strived to take a stand against prejudice and embrace the values of American freedom and equality. Women were thought to be the keepers of the household, “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage.” (Gilman, 131) being that women were considered unequal to their male …show more content…
(www.nlm.nih.gov) both stories portray women who are afraid. In the yellow wall paper, the wall paper represents the subjugation of women and solitary confinement, “…and it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind the pattern. I don’t like it a bit. I wonder----- I begin to think--- I wish john could take me away.” (Gilman, 139) due to the isolation from her family and friends, we realize that Jane creates some sort of fantasy about the wall paper, which not only isn’t good for her but proves her husband that she isn’t getting better. whereas in Angels in America, we see exclusion and confinement, “…I do get out in the world. You don’t. you stay in all day, fretting about imaginary… I get out. I do. You don’t know what I do…” (Angels in America, 26) harper’ addiction has not only made her paranoid about the world, but it has convinced her that she isn’t safe anywhere even in her own

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