Women In The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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It was crazy to live in the 1800s, but even crazier to believe you were lower than males. These thoughts did not only come from the society but also your closest companion, your husband. What book or person says men are more superior than women? Well, there are many of course. Women have mental illnesses, are less important, and they do not matter… In the past, males held more power, have had way more legal rights, and were respected way more than females. “The Yellow Wall-paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story that demonstrates social criticism through a woman and wallpaper that symbolizes the ill woman. Gilman promotes a story and illustrates a woman who is trying to find equal opportunity in society. The reason for mental illness …show more content…
The patriarchal society created the illness and madness that the women were experiences. The narrator got even more ill after she was trapped in the house with the yellow wallpaper. She described the wallpaper as “the color is repellant, almost revolting: a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight. It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others,” (Gilman, 649). The wallpaper is not only ugly, but also threatening and dangerous to the narrator. She sees a woman trapped behind the wallpaper and seems like she is trying to get out. The woman in the wallpaper is creeping and seems to be stuck in the main pattern, which looks like the bars of a cage. She tells John to leave this place but he silences her, so each time, her disgusted interest in the wallpaper grows. She also mentions that John does not realize how much she actually suffers and that he laughs at her about the …show more content…
It was shown that there was madness at the end of a marriage if one is not given the freedom to act, think, and grow as an individual. A marriage could not be happy for the females that lived in this kind of socially criticized world. It might have been that males saw the mental illness coming from the body rather than the surrounding and activities done around that person. Because of this theory, the medical community misunderstood and mistreated

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