The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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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 some literary devices to express the oppression of women. The dreadful wallpaper that Gilman paint 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 exercises authority over her. In another story, Kate Chopin demonstrates the plight of a narrator who suffered inherent oppression in her marriage. However, 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.
In The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman explores the struggles between marriage and career, social expectations, and personal goals. 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. In the struggle to overcome her toughest barrier, the narrator states, “He hates to have me write a word” (218). As a woman, the narrator’s ideas are not valued at all, since her…

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