Feminist Struggle In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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Feminist struggles
One heroine is fighting for her physical independence and another one is fighting for her mental independence. According to critics, women were considered to be “weak bodies and impressible minds” which make them “predisposed to any physical and/ or mental disease that could affect their fragile emotional state” (Treichler, 61). This is the same thing of which Jane became the victim when she tells “if a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendency- what is one to do?... So I take phosphates or phosphites- whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and
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Such sayings gives us insight to world when story was written. The terrors that female faces in the patriarchal world. It tells us about the male gender dominated nature. The nature of male gender to control and suppress their wife, daughter that is whole female being leads to insanity in females. Though it is just a short story but Gilman is able to give us a graphic and vivid description of the condition of women that they went through. The worst thing of all this sort of torment and torture is that they effected the mental psyche of females. And gave males a new topic of discussion that is madness in women. In story, a young and beautiful lady suffers from severe depression and her condition got worsen when she received a bad treatment from her so called doctor husband. The treatment for her was a more sort of punishment to …show more content…
The Yellow Wallpaper and The Awakening both embodies the torture women went through during 1800s and even in present time. These stories are the experiences of authors herself which they themselves went through or the struggles that the other women were going through.
Kate Chopin and Gilman both can be called as feminist. The Yellow Wallpaper, the short story or a fable tells the story of writer that is Gilman herself. The situations that an unnamed narrator went through in the story are of the Gilman which she went through just because she was a woman. Gilman’s ideas and opinions were completely different from the society and its people in which she lived. She was of the view that women should not be trapped in the four walls of the house. God has
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