Inequality In Charlotte Perkins Stetson's The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Stetson uses this literary piece to satirize the real way women are treated in their everyday lives. It is unlikely a woman ever was held hostage in an abandoned asylum and eventually lost her mind, but rather the mistreatment of the woman in the story speaks volumes about inequality amongst the sexes. Throughout the story the narrator overemphasizes her inability to speak up for herself, “Personally, I disagree with their ideas.... But what is one to do?” The way in which the narrator is portrayed, as a fragile, incompetent, featherbrained female is an outlet for the author’s own experiences. Following the birth of Charlotte Perkins Stetson’s daughter, Katherine, Charlotte began making claims of having postpartum depression. These claims were dismissed because women were often seen as “nervous” and “hysterical” beings during her time period. This experience is clearly portrayed by Perkins Stetson through her story, The Yellow Wallpaper. The author’s largely feminist views on the world and her involvement in feminist groups is imperative to one’s realization of the satirical work at play in her short story.
In closing, Charlotte Perkins Stetson’s best remembered work, The Yellow Wallpaper, resonates with people equally as well now, as it has in the past, because women are still being treated as men’s inferiors. The short story, based off real life inspiration, uses satire to acknowledge the mistreatment of women and the lack of seriousness held to their words. Perkins Stetson accomplishes this feat through the use of dramatics and highlights the roles of males and females in her 19th and 20th century society. Although Perkins Stetson made great progress for all the women out there, much work is still left to be