Examples Of Oppression In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Oppression “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in the year 1892 is about a woman who lives in a room covered with yellow wallpaper for the summer. The point of view in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is first person narrative and is unreliable. Gilman was a known feminist during her days and argued that the only way women could gain freedom for themselves was to gain economic independence and Gilman also argued that woman that are in motherhood should be allowed to work outside the home. Remember that Gilman lived in a time when woman had little or no rights they weren’t even allowed to vote until the year 1920. Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” to portray her views on how woman were being oppressed in the late 1800’s. Gilman portrays how woman are being oppressed through the narrators point of view. The narrators cannot express her ideas and thoughts because…show more content…
“And She is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern- it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads” (432) The narrator does not understand but the woman in the wall is herself. The narrator is trapped in the room while the wallpaper traps the woman in the wallpaper. The woman in the wallpaper is portrayed as trying to escape through the pattern but can’t because the pattern restricts her. The wallpaper like John is a confine in which neither woman can escape from. The many heads in the wallpaper are the activities that the narrator wants to do such as writing, seeing her Cousin Henry and Julia, and sleeping downstairs. “I don’t like to look out the window even- there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast”(434). The women creeping outside are women like the narrator who are oppressed and have to do things in secret just like the narrator secretly tried to

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