Gilman 's The Yellow Wallpaper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Her Ideal Society In Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” published 1892, there is a woman stuck inside musty, revolting yellow wallpaper. This woman is Charlotte Perkins Gilman and every woman who was or is trapped by the standards of their current society. In her time, mental illness in women was likely just a byproduct of their imagination or creativity, and women were constantly viewed as less than men. Gilman 's work has proved relevant through her lifetime until now and likely for more generations to come. Her fiction reveals the society she dealt with on a daily basis and how it affected her characters. In doing this, she gave the underlying message of the possibilities of a new, idyllic society in which members of society would have to reevaluate their lifestyles, relationships, and roles, mostly in regards to women. Gilman calls for an understanding of society in her works so a new, superior society can hopefully be formed. Gilman calls her audience to understand that in order to form this new society, everyone must understand the past. In this case, that means that historically, society is a man-dominated one (Lane xiii). It can be seen in “The Yellow Wallpaper” that the narrator is under the man in the minds of all of the characters—even her own until she breaks free from this limited mindset. She is expected to ask permission from her husband John and listen to him even if she disagrees. In regards to her illness, John says, “Can you…

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