Feminist Analysis : ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

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Jessica Garcia Mrs. Kehrmeyer AP English Lang 14 November 2016 Feminist Analysis Paper Feminism has changed throughout the years, starting from the very beginning of humans to today’s modern society. Patriarchy has always existed among societies, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries. The role of women has always been to be the birth giver, mother, and a wife. Feminist, as expressed by Donald Hall in his book Literary and Cultural Theory, is the advocacy of women’s rights by economic, social and political equality to men. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the protagonists share similar experiences living under patriarchal demands and the demands of society. Both women are expected to follow a certain set of characteristics and criteria as wives. Since neither are what they are expected to be, they are believed to have mental illnesses or disorders. This was a typical belief in the 19th century because women were simply believed to be weaker than men. A similar situation appeared in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. The main character felt a certain disconnection from other women around her because she does not feel that she has to comply with society’s expectations or those demands of her husband. The authors portray the patriarchal oppression of these women through their stream of consciousness. The main characters reflect the oppression which has had an impact on women’s ability to express themselves, their…

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