The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In the book Literature for Life, before reading “The Yellow Wallpaper”, there is a brief description of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her life. In the description, it tells us how Gilman was a strong advocate of women’s rights and how her stories often spoke out for women that could not in her time period. Gilman’s belief that there is no difference in the mentality levels between men or women is strongly shown and explained through “The Yellow Wallpaper”. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story about a woman who has a mental illness but is unable to heal and actually made worse, due to her physician husband’s lack of belief and apathy. The story takes place during a time period around the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, where women were not treated equal to men. Women were treated second rate in society during this time period. Charlotte Perkins Gilman very accurately explains the thought process of the society during the time period that the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written. Using the opinions of her own feminist criticism, I can analyze “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman through the point of view through both the male and female perspective using first person, and through the important symbol found in the story.

For starters, I examined the dialogue through the male perspective in “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Gilman makes a strong statement about the dominance of males in society during her time period. The men are portrayed to basically see and treat women…

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