John, Jane’s husband and doctor, enforces the patriarchal idea on his suffering wife, and unknowingly causes to her go mad. The Yellow Wallpaper portrays the views of women in the 19th century, and some of these views are prevalent today. The story is focused on the narrator, assumed to be Jane, and her mental illness. At first, her struggle is with her husband and doctor, John, but as her mental instability worsens, her struggle becomes more and more with the wallpaper, a reflection of herself. To help her cope, John locks her away in a room upstairs, where the yellow wallpaper is.
His mother’s quick marriage to Claudius, his father’s brother, leaves him bitter and disillusioned. In the first act of Hamlet that Hamlet’s state of mind is explored and his quest for the meaning of life begins. The soliloquy “Oh that this too too solid flesh would melt…” is a dramatic technique used by Shakespeare to reveal Hamlet’s true emotions and marks the beginning of Hamlet’s philosophical journey. The dominant imagery used in this soliloquy is one of corruption and disease. His disgust at his mother’s “incestuous” marriage is also revealed in this soliloquy.
Streetcar Named Desire, a Play by Tennessee Williams explores themes of women being chameleons by blah . she picks her husband over her own sister which highlights the dependency of her on her husband. Despite the various times her husband, Stanley beats up Stella, her “love” for Stanley overpowers her and she overlooks his temper and even considers it a passion. Stella is a representation of typical women in the 1940’s society. Stella is dependant on men to the point that she chooses to disbelieve her sister was raped by her husband, just so she can go living with him because life without the support of a man is unthinkable.
Literary History, Interpretation, and Analysis Task 4 Introduction Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper” and William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily are short stories that both tell about the life of a woman that suffers from depression and eventually goes to being insane. There are similarities and differences that both stories share. The main character of Faulkner’s story was controlled by her father who ran off any boy that tried to get close to her which left her to be alone and unmarried. This caused the townspeople to feel pity towards her. The main character and narrator of Gilman’s story was forced by her husband to stay in a room upstairs where she started to show many delusional signs and eventually went insane.
The Yellow Wallpaper is story from the mind and emotions of a woman suffering from a mental illness. The narrator (Jane) begins to think that another woman is sneaking around the room behind the wallpaper, trying to get out, so she locks herself in the room and begins to tear down pieces of the wallpaper to free the woman she thought was trapped. John unlocks the door with the key and finds Jane almost possessed by the woman behind the wallpaper. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist background gives a feminist standpoint in The Yellow Wallpaper because the narrator’s husband, John acts superior to the narrator. One can pick out the connections between the author and the narrator in the story fairly easy if there is knowledge of Gilman’s life.
Throughout the story, readers gradually learn that the narrator is an imaginative woman who is suffering from mental breakdown and post-partum depression. As the story progresses, she is absorbed into the yellow wallpaper and sinks into her inner fascination. More importantly, readers can see that the narrator is always controlled by her husband, which she is not allowed to do certain things. In the story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, it illustrates that women in the 19th century are oppressed by the men and were expected to be obedient to their husband. Gilman shows the male perception throughout the conversations because the narrator explains that whatever she says, John shrugs away her sickness of being too nervous.
Curley’s wife plays a significant and pivotal role in the novel ‘’Of Mice and Men’’. Steinbeck presents her in many different ways throughout the novel through various techniques to manipulate the readers’ thoughts on her. Steinbeck’s initial aim is to create sympathy for her as he gives her a voice to be essentially heard by the reader, and understand where she is coming from truly. In the early stage of the book she is represented as a dangerous a promiscuous character, which makes the reader dislike her. This is how Steinbeck reflects to how the 1930’s American society mistreated the role of women, by using the character Curley’s wife.
Courtney Dobronich Ms. McPherson English 1020 13 March 2012 The 19th Century’s Oppression of Women in “The Yellow Wallpaper” “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman tells the story of a skilful woman whose talents and thoughts are suppressed by the dominance of her husband and society. The husband’s efforts to oppress her in order to keep her within society’s standards of what a proper wife should be, only lead to her psychological destruction. The narrator in the story is a genuine symbol of all women in the mid to late nineteenth century. At the time, men and women were placed into two very separate “spheres” in which each included their own certain roles and expectations. Society’s demanding gender roles and domestic spheres influenced the women’s oppression, which gave rise to male dominance and the negligence of women’s health, happiness, and rights as individuals.
A woman is passed on from her father to her husband, and is taught to religiously submit to their will. There is a certain tragedy to being a perfect Victorian lady. Both short stories criticize the male-dominated society and explore its impact on women. One of the most interesting aspects of “Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Story of an Hour” that are present in both short stories is the view of women through the eyes of a doctor. Considering that in the 19th century doctors were predominantly men, we can conclude that Gilman and Chopin’s both intended to express male’s general view on women through the eyes of their doctors.
The narrator’s obsession with the wallpaper that surrounds her bedroom begins merely as intrigue and climaxes to a point where reality and what she imagines within the wallpaper becomes blurred. This climax represents her journey from rationality to insanity as the wallpaper becomes more twisted and alive around her. This wallpaper ultimately represents the oppression of her mind that is being caused by her post partum depression, as well as her husband’s ineffective healing methods. At first she finds the wallpaper being “one of those sprawling, flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin” (Gilman 988). This could be a representation of the beginning of her depression which was initially just an annoyance to her which she does not fully understand.