The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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“John laughs at me, but one expects that in marriage.”
Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote, “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage.” In her story The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses a number some literary devices to express the oppression of women. The dreadful wallpaper that Gilman came to hate in her story is a symbolic representation of her personal life were as she gets married her role is limited to that of a domestic servant as her husband 's exercises authority over her. In another story, Kate Chopin demonstrates how the narrator 's suffered inherent oppression in her marriage. Both Gilman and Chopin in their short stories show how the male-dominated society used power to imprison, oppresses, silences, and encourages submissiveness among married women.
The short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman illustrates the struggle faced by a woman who seeks freedom from oppression in her marriage. The unnamed narrator in Gilman story found herself confined in a room by her husband. Forbidden to write, the narrator becomes obsessed with the room’s wallpaper, which she finds repellent and riveting. The narrator echoed her frustration in her statement, “I did write for a while in spite of them” (216). From the narrator 's words, the reader can read the feelings of a woman who is restricted to do the thing she enjoys. Her inability to express herself in a meaningful way has eventually led her to associate herself with the…

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