The Yellow Wall Paper By Charlotte Perkins

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The short story "The Yellow Wall-Paper" written by Charlotte Perkins

Gilman is a cry for freedom. This story is about a woman who fights for her

right to express what she feels, and fights for her right to do what she wants

to do. The narrator in this short story is a woman whose husband loves her very

much, but oppresses her to the point where she cannot take it anymore. This

story revolves around the main character, her oppressed life, and her search for


There are many male influences in this woman 's life and although they

may mean no harm, push her over the edge. The main character 's husband, John,

and her brother are well-known physicians. They use their power to control the

main character, perhaps subconsciously, to feel what they think a woman should

feel. For example, the woman tells the men she is sick but they believe

differently. "John is a physician, and perhaps- (I would not say it to a living

soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind-) perhaps

that is one reason I do not get well faster. You see he does not believe I am

sick!"(507) The men are under the impression that what they say goes and

therefore the woman has no choice but to follow. "He knows there is no reason

to suffer and that satisfies him."(508) This quote illustrates that the men are

in control. If they strongly believe nothing is wrong, then nothing must be

wrong. It is a feeling of self…

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