The Importance Of Speech In The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Many years ago, and for some cultures in today’s society men are seen as being superior to women. The men in these cultures words, thoughts and ideas held more value in comparison to a women’s. The main character in the short fiction The Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, demonstrates the act of a women’s words and ideas being silenced, and displayed as being insignificant. Regardless of time period and gender, one must have the choice to have their words, thoughts and ideas be heard, and be accepted as significant. The Yellow Wallpaper demonstrates the importance’s of having one voice be heard which can be seen by examining the main character in text. Through her it is evident to see the importance of speech which is shown …show more content…
However, when our speech is taken away it is hard to do such, which is evident in The Yellow Wallpaper. Since the main character’s speech was seen by others as insignificant, she developed a fear of expressing herself to others. She mentions that, “It is so hard to talk with John about my case…” (Gilman, 365). Throughout the text, the main character is constantly talking about how she is sick, and that her husband does not believe so. I think that because she does not get to interact with others often, and the times that she does she is continuously being told that she is not sick, leads her to fear mentioning anything that has to do with her illness. However, the fact that she is to socializing and cannot express her feelings with others is what leads to her madness. Eventually, she begins to lose a sight of who she is. Overtime, throughout the text she slowly stopped voicing her opinion and began doing everything her husband told her to do. For instance, John tells her, “Don’t go walking about like that-you’ll get cold.” (Gilman, 365). Although, he may have been worried about her well-being, he tells her what she can and cannot do, limiting her to doing nothing, thus preventing any form of mental stimulation. This eventually leads, to her mind trying to stimulate itself by creating false images, and thus making her brain be on high alert for every sound and movement made throughout the house. Finally, when the main character speech was in a sense taken away, it led to her mind to produce abnormal thoughts and mental images. She started off by noticing how unnerving the house made her feel especially the bedroom. She discusses that, “It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw…But there is something else about that paper-the smell!” (Gilman, 368). This is where her ‘mental illness’

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