Essay about The Angel Of The House By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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By daylight, she sneaks with a delicate finger pressed to her ruby lips, effectively silencing others while keeping her own mouth tightly shut. Daylight keeps her captive until the moon rises, its supernal power granting the woman behind the wallpaper enough strength to shake and rip through with a deadly vengeance. The uncanny nature of “The Yellow Wallpaper,” ergo, seems to present its readers with an intriguing discourse concerning the issue of feminism. By utilizing the skillful juxtaposition of the common Victorian tropes of “The Angel of the House” versus that of “The Madwoman in the Attic,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman certainly encourages the dismantling the oppressive norms of patriarchal society, as well as offers a voice to a group whose voices had been effectively silenced. “The Angel of the House” theory—which rendered women to the stereotype of perfect mother-woman, both subservient and doting—is alluded to and challenged throughout the course of the story. It is upon “dead paper” that we are presented with the narrative voice of a nameless female, a self-proclaimed “sick” woman who immediately establishes her connection and confinement by patriarchal society. Her husband, who possesses the decision making power of both her physician and her spouse, seems, then, to claim ownership of both her body and soul (792). She is immediately depicted as coddled, even infantilized, as her husband places her in a room she believes to be a nursery and treated with…

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