The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Women in literature are often portrayed in a position that are dominated by men in the nineteen-hundreds era which was considered the norm. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the protagonist is oppressed by the husband and shows the effect of the oppression of women in society usually through her writing. The symbolism used in the short story also resembles the feminist views and the overall theme of feminism. Gilman uses symbolism to show the restrictions put on women, the oppression shown on the protagonist, and feminism through the uses of symbolism. It is customary to assume to the house represents a symbol in which it is a secure place for a woman’s transformation and release of self-expression. However, the house was purchased by her husband for cheap giving her an uneasiness throughout the story. She does not want to be in it and even declares is “haunted” (Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” 647) and that “there is something queer about it” (Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” 647). Even though she acknowledged the beauty of the house, or at least what surrounds it, she constantly has a feeling that “there is something strange about the house” (Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper 648). The house foreshadows that something eerie is going to happen later in the story. The house is considered to be a place of the woman. While she is in the house, she is set to do nothing. Women are considered to be the weaker sex during that time in society…

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