The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Gilman

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Madness or Revenge, You Be The Judge! Alternative feminist look at "The Yellow Wallpaper"
The “Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman is an interesting commentary on turn of the century women’s issues. This is based on the fact that it is a story written by a woman, about a woman and gives the reader a close insight into the character 's perspective. Gilman explores the patriarchal society that women of the 20th century were forced to endure. She effectively captures the oppression and marginalization of women in her story. The depiction of the men in the story, especially John, her husband, her brother and even Dr. S. Weir Mitchell shows a societal imbalance of power and speaks to patriarchal domination. Gilman’s story has been touted by the literary world as a very important piece of early feminist literature. As such, the work has been interpreted in many different ways and through various critical lenses. The majority of the focus is a feminist or psychoanalytical prospective interpretation. Several researchers have focused on the oppression and the subsequent ensuing mental illness of the narrator in their essays. It could be argued that her marginalization by these forces makes the conclusion of the story an act of passive (or not so passive) rebellion.
During the Victorian period women were commonly diagnosed with nervous disorders as they were seen to be the weaker sex. Rula Quawas discusses some theories about these diagnoses in her essay “A New Women’s Journey…

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