The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Gilman

1691 Words Nov 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” features symbolism and themes of the struggles of women and women’s rights during the 1800’s as well as portraying the counterintuitive treatment of women’s depression through the use of seclusion. In the “Vimeo” video adaptation of the “Yellow Wallpaper,” John is deliberately portrayed and used in a more active role compared to that of the written work. With John’s more active role in the film, our focus is directed more to the spiraling mental state of the narrator, while also diminishing some of the other themes found throughout the written work. In the written work of Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, perhaps the most notable underlying theme portrayed throughout the work is that of the women’s rights struggles. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was originally published in 1892, a time in which, as we all know, women did not have much of a voice as well as many rights in society. Women of that time, like that of the narrator, were expected to be polite, quiet, and do as they were told by the respective men in their life. This lack of rights left many women feeling trapped and voiceless in a male society much like our narrator does in “The Yellow Wallpaper.” With this information, we can conclude that the feelings of many women from this time, like that of the narrator, were portrayed and symbolically represented in “The Yellow Wallpaper.” We see Charlotte Perkins Gilman achieve symbolic representation by the…

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