Critical Synthesis Essay : ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

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Critical Synthesis: Discourse on “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a story that has generated numerous scholarly conversations of literary criticism. Joyce Kinkead’s “Recommended: Charlotte Perkins Gilman”, Jane F. Thrailkill’s “Doctoring “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and Gillian Brown’s “The Empire of Agoraphobia” all address the life of the narrator while differing in the aspect of her place in society. Ideas of feminism, psychology, and agoraphobia are addressed through these criticisms of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” They translate together that the woman in the patriarchal culture of America is constantly hated and dismissed. Preconceived to be hysterical, a symbol of domestic value, and lacking of self-identity is the narrator. Joyce Kinkead’s “Recommended: Charlotte Perkins Gilman” develops the feminist advocacy conversation through the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Kinkead writes, “In her confinement, she begins to envision a woman caught by the design of the bars in the wallpaper, a symbol of her own imprisonment” (Kinkead 75). The narrator is a married woman who becomes depressed and her husband who is a doctor sees fit that she takes rest as a cure. Eventually the narrator feels so smothered by her husband’s “I know best” advice and prescription treatment that she begins to lose her identity as an adult and a woman. In marriage, both individuals are adults that acquire a responsibility to care for each other but are…

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