The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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During the nineteenth century, there were a lot of downsides of being a women. Since the society was male dominated, women had no power or freedom to express themselves. Women’s ideas were considered good-for-nothing whereas whatever a man said was always considered right. Examples of such oppressions can be clearly depicted in the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The author wrote this story to change the perspective of men about women and their important status in the society.
During the entire story, the narrator, a woman, is not given a name whereas her husband is given a name, John. Also, the narrator is referred as “John’s wife”, which clearly shows how men had more power even in the slightest things. John, a renowned physician, does whatever the society of the medical professional think is right. In order to maintain his own high status in the society, he decides to treat his wife from postpartum depression far away from the city. He tries to treat the narrator with “rest” cure which worked for most of the women. However, the narrator thinks that she will be cured only if she is allowed to meet more people and engage in her favorite activities such as writing. Her ideas are completely suppressed under John’s ideas because as a physician and her husband he knows what will work best for his wife. The narrator has “a schedule prescription for each hour in the day: he takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it…

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