The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Throughout history, women have always been inferior to men. Whether it is voting, equal pay in jobs, or gender roles. Women can often feel as if they have been given the short end of the stick, because of their gender. And in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” this is demonstrated. Women can often feel trapped because they cannot express how they feel, have to work harder, or are not allowed the same opinions as men. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” starts off with the narrator explaining why she dislikes the house she is staying in. “A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity – but that would be asking too much of fate! Still I will proudly declare that there is something queer about it” (Gilman 655). John, her husband, is a doctor. He and her brother tell her she is not sick, and that she only has temporary nervous depression. He says she only needs rest in a quiet place. He picks a spacious room in the house with yellow wallpaper; however, she hates this wallpaper. She thinks the paper is revolting, dull, and repellant. This starts her obsession with the wallpaper. She wants to write, but John thinks it is a bad idea; so, she hides her writing. Sexism plays a part here because she is continually told there is nothing wrong with her, even though she disagrees. We find out she has just had a baby, meaning she probably has post-partum depression. But, women in this time period cannot have opinions…

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