Analysis Of `` The Yellow Wallpaper `` By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Cage During the late 1800’s, the first wave of the women’s rights movement was just gaining speed and followers. Women of this age were beginning to break away from the notion that they were children and that they did not have the freedoms of speech, religion, and the right to vote. The women who werewhere rising up to start this movement belonged to a generation with a completely different mentality from that of their predecessors who openly scoffed at their silly daughters for believing the notion that women could indeed have an opinion that differed from her husband’s opinion. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892) the breakdown of how men visualized women and how women broke free from their cage is presented through the masterful use of symbolism and characterization as keys to unlock the shadows of the past. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator’s character beautifully unfolds before our eyes as we read about how she was held under the thumb of her husband, John, and how she gradually loses her already tenuous grip on reality due to that thumb. In the beginning of her narrative the narrator tells us about her husband, her baby, of the beautiful home they have rented for the duration of the summer, and of her mental illness and prescribed treatment. She tells us about the loving, enforcement of the “rest treatment” that her husband gives her. Under this treatment she is not allowed to read, write, or do much thinking. She tell us about how…

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