The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman illustrates how women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries had no basic rights and experienced severe oppression in many aspects of their lives. Women who lived in this time were treated much differently than they are today. Even when suffering from serious illness, the story’s protagonist, Jane, is not taken seriously. This ultimately leads to her demise. By illustrating the main character’s depression, the author shows that society’s view of women, a controlling environment, and a lack of self-expression can have detrimental effects on one’s well-being.
“The Yellow Wallpaper,” published in the year 1892, came long before women’s rights or any type of feminist movements. In this time, feminism was never even discussed (DC 11). Many think that the story was a cry out from Gilman to reach women all over the world (S 1). Since its republication in 1973, the story has been a known source for feminists and their movements (P 221). The time period influenced women’s suffering tremendously. It is because of the time she lives in that Jane cannot express herself, and therefore cannot escape her depression. Gilman shows this suffering throughout her short story. Jane, the narrator and main character of the short story, seems to suffer from what is now known as postpartum depression. The time period in which she lived contributed majorly to the worsening of her condition. Men in no way took…

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