The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is an example of early work of feminist literature for its illustration of attitudes toward physical and mental women’s health. The narrator of this piece is the wife of John, who is a physician. We follow her story as she is brought to an old estate by her husband due to her mental condition, which her husband labels as “temporary nervous depression-a slight hysterical tendency” (Gwynn, pg. 78). She is placed in a nursery where she is forbidden from working, writing anything down, is told to eat well, exercise, and to get plenty of air. This “therapy” ultimately fails and the woman details in her journals which she hides from her husband, her descent in to insanity or in another type of interpretation, liberation. For this paper, I will examining The Yellow Wallpaper and interpreting its content with feminist theory in order to demonstrate the attitude that men and society had towards women throughout the 19th century. In order to properly analyze The Yellow Wallpaper with Feminist Theory, I believe that it is important to understand both the author, Charlotte Gilman, as well as the “rest therapy” that many women went through during this time. It’s safe to say that Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s first experience with the power of women was early in her life after her father abandoned her family and her aunts, Isabella Hooker, a suffragist, Harriet Stowe, who would go on to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and finally Catherine Beecher,…

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