Gilman 's The Yellow Wallpaper

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The foundations of American society in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were shaken by the revolutionary reality of women’s abilities, with high demand of political and social reform of gender inequalities by forthright women such as Charlotte Perkin Gilman. Expressing these views in her writings, both fiction and non-fiction, Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” acknowledges the power and control of women within patriarchal society, along with the effects on personality due to mental and physical illness. The short story offers a compelling study of Gilman’s own feminism and the roles for women in the 1890’s and 1900’s.

First appearing in the New England Magazine in January 1892, "The Yellow Wall-paper," is a work of fiction which brings forth the controversial discussion of women’s social struggle against male dominance. While most of the men worked, only one-third of women were in employment at the time in the nineteenth century. In a Victorian patriarchal society, it was protocol to have restrictions from reading particular literary works in attempts to hinder higher education for women. Gender mattered in a Victorian patriarchal society because they believed women needed to stay away from particular texts and solely focus on their tasks as a wife and a mother. During her childhood, she moved around numerous times which did not benefit her education but as she matured into adulthood she did not allow her past to guide her future. Gilman began her own writing,…

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