Literary Analysis Essay On 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, …show more content…
Before she burst through the wallpaper, John was the one who controlled her life. He told her what was best for her, even though she was against it. She still had follow his order. She was at the mercy of her captor, John. He kept her in the house, in the bedroom, most of the time. She wasn’t allowed to have her own freedom. Even though, she could have freed herself in the beginning, she knows she couldn’t. The society she was living in, woman should obey their husbands, even their doctors. They are high standing, and should be taken seriously. In the end of the story, she has broken away from these thoughts. She had develop into her own character and went into the thoughts of feminism. She had more energy, creeping along the floor, and seem like a new person. In addition, she has wonder how many woman has freed themselves too. “I wonder if they come out of that wallpaper as I did.” (387). Since the wallpaper represents the restraint woman has, she thought about how many woman freed from the wrath of being under the power of their husband and society. Jane doesn’t want to go back into the wallpaper, which means she doesn’t want to go back to the life she

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