The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In the short story The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, we see the gender roles of the conventional nineteenth-century middle-class and the harmful effects that they can have on both men and women. Gender roles in society are ever changing due to progressive ideas but at the time in history that this short story was written, women and men had precise ways of living. If a man or women stepped out of their role in society than they were deemed as insane or not healthy. Often times when people read The Yellow Wallpaper, they see the husband portrayed as the villain but that is not true. Both people are hurt in the end when the wife is no longer sane and the husband is unconscious due to seeing his wife in such a low mental state.
The role of the men to go out and get a job and provide for his family is equally as burdensome as the societal obligations that are in place for women. The women’s role, to get married and stay at home and bare children may seem like a dream to some women and horrible to the next, but most women at this time would have accomplished this simply due to the fact that “that is the way it is done.” This story takes a deep look at someone, particularly the narrator who does not fit into society’s gender role. She is highly imaginative and inquisitive which at the time were deemed as weak unnecessary qualities in women. We will be going through an outline of the story and looking at what different scholar’s have to say about this subject.…

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