Analysis Of Patriarchy In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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“Patriarchy is the system or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The sense of authority given to a man has been a constant struggle in society for women. Equal rights have been forcefully implemented in our societal and government systems to stop the ongoing “commotion” of women. Patriarchy is still alive and well in today’s society. It is reflected in pay gaps, the workplace, parenting, and even in education. Not only are women’s rights unequal in this man’s world, but women are constantly being put down by men. Insecure men see women as possessions in order to increase their self-esteem. It’s a selfish move for a man, but it is an easy way to feel empowered. “The Yellow …show more content…
“Personally, I disagree with their ideas. Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. But what is one to do?” (Gilman, 2) Here the narrator is admitting that she does not feel she has a nervous depression, but rather something else. There’s a sense of hopelessness because she dismisses her thoughts on her situation very quickly. “But what is one to do?” (Gilman, 2) This is a great indication that she has no say in her illness, or even her body, she is loyal to her husbands word, like most women in this time period. “These interpretations further develop feminist analyses of “The Yellow Wallpaper” that relocate the cause for the narrator 's unhappy state from woman 's supposedly inherent, biological state of hysteria to a byproduct of the Western world 's patriarchal social condition.” (Suess, “The Writing 's on the Wall Symbolic Orders in 'The Yellow Wallpaper '”) The narrator is unhappy with her life, she feels as if she is unable to take control of even the simple aspects of life. Her husbands driving and controlling force towards her will always be present; there is no escaping

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