The Effects Of Forcing Roles On Women During The Nineteenth Century

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”: The Negative Effects of Forcing roles on Women During the Nineteenth-Century

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is about a woman living in the nineteenth century who has just had a baby boy and suffers from postpartum depression. She is married to a man who is also her doctor. He says that her depression isn’t real and that she is just thinking too much. He insists that she stay inside and do nothing at all. He forbids her from reading, writing, and thinking. They go on vacation in a colonial mansion with their son and the narrator’s sister in law. While on vacation the narrator is told to stay in her room and rest for most of the time. She stays in a room with bars on the windows, rings on the walls, scratched floor wood, and with walls that are covered with horrific yellow wallpaper that is partially peeling off. She remains isolated in this room for most of the trip. The only thing that she has to do is write in her journal which she keeps a secret from everyone. After about a month in this room she starts to lose her sanity. The narrator starts seeing a woman behind the wallpaper looking out at her. She is frightened but curious and thinks the woman is trying to tell her to set her free from the wallpaper. The narrator tries to tell her husband, John, about her worries but he disregards them and tells her to rest more. Eventually the narrator becomes more and more insane. By the end she…

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