The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Inside looking out
One’s own mind can be seen as either a hiding place or refuge. It is a place where someone could hide and not be bothered by the outside world. As a patient in a mental hospital who has had a traumatizing experience or an unfortunate happening, they find refuge in the safety of their own mind, which doesn’t allow their soul to project their true self. In The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman one can see that because the narrator is forced mad because of the dominance of males in society. This can be seen by the arrogance of the males, how it affects the narrator and also the author’s own experience with postpartum depression.
First of all, when talking about the dominance of the male in this time period one must first look at the time when the story was written. This short story was written in a time where women really didn’t have much say in anything. “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression—a slight hysterical tendency—what is one to do” (Gilman)? This shows how everyone disregards her and pushes it aside as if it is nothing to even bat an eye at. “So I take phosphates or phosphites—whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to “work” until I am well again (Gilman). This quote tells us that the narrator questions the, “rest cure”. “I went home and obeyed those…

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