The Theme Of Madness In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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One may say that a woman’s work is never done. Many American women grow up with this embedded in their minds and feel it to be true Charlotte Perkins Gilman, published in 1892 in the New England Magazine, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” argues that after being observed by a physician for severe and continuous nervous breakdowns and beyond, that not using the remnants of intelligence that remained left her near the borderline of utter mental ruin. Gilman successfully built her narratives in the short story, which was essentially intended to be a letter to the doctor that diagnosed her, by employing emotional appeals into a story exaggerating her feelings while unable to express her creativity, this effect is best created by the use of complex symbols, examples of cultural and societal expectations and the recurring theme of madness. During this time, women felt as if they were the only objects for their husbands to use. The women we see in the story are meant to find fulfillment in the home, while the men hold positions as high-ranking physicians. A feminist icon, Susan S. Lanser, analyzed the role of women 's history and concluded, “Feminist criticism was bound to challenge this marginalization of social content and to argue that literary works both reflect and constitute structures of gender and power. In making this challenge, …show more content…
Madness is brought to the narrator because of the confinement that the doctor prescribed, in result of having panic attacks. It starts out with John thinking it would best for the narrator to be secluded and she goes along with the idea. “I always fancy I see people walking in these numerous paths and arbors, but John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least. He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency. So I

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