The Role Of Women In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Throughout our history women have been seen as inferior beings, unable to fulfill the same roles in society as men. This was true for women in the Nineteenth Century, who were considered to be different biologically; hence, weak, illogical, and dependent. While men were considered to be rational creatures, women were considered emotional and prone to develop depression and being susceptible to madness. Men were prepared to work outside the home; because of their nature, they were more capable for social interactions. On the other hand, women were expected to get married, with the only goal of having children, and stay home. Their only duty was to fulfill the role of wife and mother. These were the historical conditions the writer, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, had to face. She was an advocate for women’s rights, and she fought for a modification of women roles at the time. Undoubtedly, she set an example for the feminist movement. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the author represents the oppression of women in the society of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Women of this period lacked a voice in society. Among the virtues respectable women were expected to …show more content…
Women were considered the pillar of the home; their only responsibilities were taking care of their husbands and children and doing house work. “The mothers must do the inculcating of virtue since the fathers, alas, were too busy chasing the dollar.” (Welter 7) Evidently, men had a higher status in society and this gender partition between domestic and public spheres resulted in a negative impact of women’s power. In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” we can see how Jennie, John’s sister, symbolizes the idyllic women of this period because “She is the perfect and enthusiastic housekeeper, and hopes for no better profession.” (Gilman 178) In contrast, we have John who is “…away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious.” (Gilman

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