The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and it is about a woman who is dealing with depression and with help of her husband and a faulty medical treatment shows her decent into madness. This story shows many aspects of Gilman’s life but this does not mean it is in anyway an autobiography. Gilman is able to show some of the experiences she has had in her life and has put it into a fictional story. The Yellow Wallpaper has themes of subordination of women in marriage, gender division with medical treatment, and self-expression. Charlotte Perkins Gilman is known for writing feminist pieces of work which is also shown in The Yellow Wallpaper as well. Throughout the story the Yellow Wallpaper there was a theme that was represented over and over and that was the subordination of women in marriage. In the story the husband whose name is John is constantly putting down the main character and treating her as if she was a child. Charlotte Perkins Gilman portrays her story in almost a disturbing way to try to show the way she feels. In this time period women definitely had a domestic role in the house while the men where the hardworking active roles. This is shown throughout the story because of her role of the domestic wife John, the husband, was able to keep her in a childlike state. John was able used his own judgment to tell her how she feels and how she should act even when she tried to tell him that she was not alright John assured her that…

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