The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gillman

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Feminist believe in equality for women in a male-dominated world in which women often do not receive the respect and consideration they deserve. This principle underlines Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” which concerns a postpartum depressed woman experiencing life in a male dominant society struggling to find a voice for her own well-being. The author wrote the short story after a similar event occurred to her in her own life. A close textual study of the story from a Feminist Critical Approach shows oppression for women using symbolism with mundane and horror to camouflage feminist views, conveys the connections between the horror story and the author, and expresses the fight for a voice as a woman. The Yellow Wallpaper uses symbolism to camouflage feminist ideas with common objects such as the windows. Women in the 19th century were frowned upon for spending any time that wasn’t for domestic use, which impacted male-superiority and social prejudice in the workforce. Furthermore, Gilman describes the social prejudice through the windows to establish the glass ceiling as illustrated, “…I get a lovely view of the bay…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” (Gilman 481). She explains how she enjoys watching people outside her window much like a woman would see the jobs and careers they strived for but would never receive. Furthermore, the window in the…

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