The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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There is always a certain standard to how a person should live. This standard is created by society, and this plays a big role in a person 's life. It tells them how to look, act and dress. People look at society as the norm and follow it because they believe it is the right way. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator lives in a time period where women do not have much freedom to do as they please. Husbands have control over their wives’ lives. Throughout this short story, the main character is stuck following society’s standards and it affects her, but she later takes a stand and frees herself from the chains that holds her back .
During this time period, women do not have many rights. They live under the rule of their husbands. As husbands go to work each day, women have to care for the house and children. They are to make the house stress free when their husbands come back from work. They are to act proper and respectful. This is what society expects from women during this time period. “Women [are] socially, historically, and medically constructed as not only weak, but sick beings” (Suess). Since they are seen as weak, decisions are made for them by their husbands. Men have complete control of their lives. These standards made it almost impossible for women to do what they want. Those who do not follow these societal rules are looked down upon and are treated differently.
Within the exposition of the story, it is seen right away that the…

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