The Discourse Of Feminism : Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Discourse of Feminism Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) is about a woman who suffers from post-traumatic depression. Her husband, John, and she moved to a summer vacation house that is in a very isolating place, separated from society. John, who is also her doctor, recommended that she need absolute rest and confinement. This contradicts what she believe will cure her. She believed that being active and having freedom will do her good. This makes her begin to write in a secret journal in order to keep her mind occupied. In the journal, she writes about the family and mostly about the house, especially the yellow wallpaper. As she stays in the bedroom with the wallpaper, which she was disgusted with it at first, but as time goes by, the feelings become evolved into fondness. She became to have possessiveness of it because she believed that a woman was trapped behind bars in the wallpaper. This caused her to enter a chain of hallucination that leaves her with an insane mind that has a surprising outcome for both her and John. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story that shows what the decline of feminism can do to a woman, which is shown through the words of the narrator, Jane. Before writing “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman was suffering from a mental issue. She has incarnated what she was feeling and going through into the story, using the narrator as the pawn. Even though, Gilman and Jane was the one experiencing the disorder, they were not the…

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