The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Stetson

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Woman during the 19th century woman were depicted as lesser individuals than men. They were now seen as the caregivers of the house, and were restricted to being at home all day to oversee and take care of their obligations as a woman. Throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Stetson, she indicates how the gender roles in the victorian era greatly affected woman and how the main character, an unnamed woman was immensely distressed by the occurrences of misanthrope committed by her husband John. The unnamed woman in the story, has postpartum depression induced by the fatality of a child that is later revealed in the story, and because of this her husband John, a doctor, is trying to aid in her recover back to normality by restricted her to a room covered in yellow wallpaper. John believes that he is being helpful and innocent when attempting to alleviate the pain that his wife is feeling but in reality he is just being an oppressive husband to her. John confines his wife to his oppressive tactics and forces her stay restricted in her “jail cell” of a bedroom, suffocated by imagery of the yellow wallpaper until she cannot take it anymore and becomes mentally psychotic.

The unnamed woman in The Yellow Wallpaper faces the harsh truth of suffering with postpartum depression and allows the affects of her mental illness to take over her body and mind. Her mind and body becomes weakened by the illness and because of this she allows John’s sexual oppression…

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