The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Normally, a feminist text is written by a female and will point out digressions. Our textbook defines feminist criticism as a “criticism derived from a critique of a history of oppression, in this case a history of women’s inequality”(2347). Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is the collaboration of the struggles faced by women. In the late 1800’s when this story was written it was a society ran by men. Gilman made this clear with the male dominance we saw through the Narrator’s husband who is also her physician and the threat of Dr. Mitchell. Dominance was also shown by the environment that the narrator is placed in. Both these elements accentuate the control men held over women in both this story and in the 19th century. This makes “The Yellow Wallpaper” a perfect example of a feminist text. It acknowledges the overbearing husband that tries to cure his wife, but instead causes her mental breakdown. They story illustrates how dominant behavior could have destructive effects on women in Gilman’s time. John the Narrator 's’ husband is the posterchild of a dominating spouse and has complete control over his wife Jane. Talking to her as if she was a child and treating her as an inferior.” What is it little girl’ (661)? Jane expressed how “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in a marriage”(655). John sees her thoughts and ideas as laughable, never taking her serious, until it was to late for saving her from her own madness. It was when…

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