The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Gilman

1697 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
The significance of a book may not come until many years after its initial release. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman was first dismissed by the critics of her time. It was not until many years later that critics and society would learn to understand her writing. One of the reasons it took so long for the importance of the “Yellow Wallpaper” to be recognized was because it brought to light the real unrealistic expectations women were facing during that time. Readers especially male at that time were not ready for that type of literature. Another possibility was that readers could not understand women’s struggles dealing with gender expectations. Unless they are women or are understanding of woman’s issues the reader will have a disconnect. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar make a strong critique that “The Yellow Wallpaper” was dismissed at first because it came from a female writer’s point of view. Critic Annette Kolodny also focuses on gender in her critique about “The Yellow Wallpaper”, but instead focuses on the different literary connections that male and female readers are able to pull from when exposed to certain literature. Coming from a mimetic point of view where understanding is that the text teaches about gender, how well do these critiques address the importance of gender? By looking at both of these critics it’s clear to how Gilbert and Gubar makes a clear and precise argument than Kolodny does about the role gender plays in how the Yellow Wallpaper…

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