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    In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman utilizes characterization to demonstrate how men abuse their power to ensure women are perceived as incapable beings, and how this abuse becomes internalized within women, resulting in complicity of oppression and deteriorated mental states. John employs his patriarchal and doctoral standings to diagnosis his wife as mentally ill, thus restricting her in misogynistic gender roles. Through John’s actions, his sister Jennie becomes complicit in…

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    Alix Kates Shulman once said, “Sexism goes so deep that at first it’s hard to see; you think it’s just reality.” Sexism is something that, at one time, was taught, but now is an accepted part of society. The Great Depression brought out the worst aspects of sexism by complicating the roles of women and discrimination and hardships in the workplace and in society. These issues are all depicted through the character of Curley’s wife in the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. Mother,…

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    “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Gilman, is a short story that shocked society when it was first published in 1892. This work was inspired by her own life struggles. Having suffering through postpartum depression, Gilman became an advocate of the pitfalls of rest cure. Yellow, a color commonly associated with the joy eliciting sunshine, is also known as an anxiety inducing color. The color yellow that stains the wallpaper of the room the main character is confined to sets the uneasy…

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    In the short story of “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gillman writes an intriguing story that brings to light how women were identified through domestic roles in the Victorian era. She shows through a haunting experience and progression of the “resting-cure.” Through dark symbolism, descriptive and repetitive diction, and setting of events taken place, readers are able to understand how those roles denied women their freedom and independence. Throughout the story, Gillman shows…

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    The first person narration in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” allows the reader to gain an understanding of the main character through her dialogue, actions, and thoughts. Throughout the story, the narrator thoroughly describes the setting, which changes in her mind, over the course of her stay in the rental house. This change in the narrator's perception of the house and the world outside of her bedroom can allow readers to understand her feelings of isolation, depression,…

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    Imagine slowly realizing as you see your child and husband more you stomach and mind grows progressively sicker until you can no longer be near them, later leading to the point of such strong repulsion you cannot be on the same plane of existence. Gail Goodwin has an astonishingly amazing talent in writing her setting, characterization, and point of view along with their psychological appeals. These aspects create a dismal emotion and a dark plot as the point of view makes the actions of each…

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    In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens the female characters of Miss Havisham and Mrs. Joe embodied rebellious female figures that deny women’s prescribed behavior at home in the society of Victorian era. The two female characters depict vivid and determining roles that refuse motherhood, marriage and self-sacrifice in different ways, but the outcome of their denial is quiet equal: both of them are punished for the refusal of their expected maternal roles in drastic, violent ways. In the…

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    Dattani focuses on fractured interpersonal relationship within the familial relationship.There is a lack of emotional attachment and understanding towards others’ views and opinions found in the families.There is no familial concord in Tara Where There’s a Will, Thirty Days in September and Bravely Fought the Queen. Unrevealed mysteries cast their dark shadows upon the lives of the characters. The play Bravely Fought the Queen portrays the domestic violence and betrayal in the family of Dolly…

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    Vast catastrophe of one’s life “The Yellow wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkin is a journal an entry written by a woman who becomes obsessed by the wallpaper because her husband has confined her to the bedroom of a house. The narrator uses symbols to demonstrate the oppression of women by men and the struggle for equality during the 1800s. Also, these three symbols show the women’s imprisonment, inevitable madness, and isolation that end in despair. First of all, the yellow wallpaper itself is one…

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    Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" is a one act play based in the early 20th century that includes strong feminist elements that fit well with the time and the world-wide women's rights movement. The play is a murder mystery surrounding the Wrights, Mrs. Wright the wife, and John Wright the murder victim. The story also uses the general mood of society toward women and how they were viewed as beneath most men and not having the intelligence or ability to perform as well as men in most situations. The…

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