Gender Inequality In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman published The Yellow Wallpaper in 1892. The Yellow Wallpaper is about a woman who suffers from what her husband calls as a “temporary nervous depression”. Her husband John is a physician who puts the woman in a room to recover from her illness. The woman takes John’s advice since she believes he is doing what is best for her. The woman trusts John and justifies everything he does As the story continues you can see John doesn’t care about his wife or how she feels. This is common for this time period, since the woman was always considered inferior to the man. In this story the woman is ignored when she discusses how she feels to her husband. In The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman shows how gender inequality …show more content…
This is shown by the actions and characteristics of John to his wife. John ignores her requests and doesn’t care of her well being. Since John is referred to a physician her should have taken better care of his wife and realized that solitary confinement was not the cure. John should have ignored being a physician and focused on being a supportive husband to his wife. This story helped explain how the gender inequality impacted women and how they felt inferior. These women just like the narrator trusted their husbands and did what they said. By doing so the woman lost their ability to stand up to their husbands and be treated equally. If the narrator was able to overcome feeling inferior she could have possibly helped cure herself instead of her conditioning worsening. The woman knew how she felt and what would make her feel better but didn’t try to tell her husband since he was superior to her. Gender inequality is very prominent in this story and shows how woman struggled with their identity like the narrator. In The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman shows how gender inequality existed with the John having dominance over the woman, the symbolism of the yellow wallpaper and the setting of the

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