Gender In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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With an unequal marriage and a woman which let her self-expression ruin her, was the short story "The Yellowwallpaper," a great story to talk about the theme of gender. The theme of gender also has to do with how far the story dates back which is in the 1800's, this focusing on how much pain this woman is in with no place to run. Gilman narrates the story to let the reader have a better look at what this woman is feeling and how she reacts to her surroundings. She actually turns to her husband whom which is a doctor and her companion and he dismisses the notion of her mental illness. He sort of traps her in a controlled space by taking her to a secluded house with no human contact besides her sister, Jennie, and himself who both look at her illness in the same way. Gilman says a…show more content…
physical ailment. The doctors of this era simply believe that her illness does not exist in this era. As a doctor, John doesn't believe she is sick either and the narrator tries to make it seem if the woman illness is not real but something she is making up. Her gender has a lot to do with this because of this era, they didn't care for women and her opinion didn't count. John refuses to listen to her feelings on the issues, instead of talking to find the problem. He isolates her and locks her away to think about her own thoughts. The wallpaper in her room becomes a symbol for her and she begins to see figures behind the pattern and tries to escape within herself. She compares her husband to the patterns and wishes "that top pattern could be gotten off from the under one." She starts to see women behind the pattern itself and starts to see that "in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard." She feels trapped inside and has no where to escape and comes to realize that no one could escape from these
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