Gender Roles In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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Body paragraph worksheet The gender roles in both the pieces increase marital problems for the married couples. In The Yellow Wallpaper, Jane tells her husband that she is sick and she wants to leave, but he doesn’t believe that she is sick. Even though John, her husband, is a physician, he doesn’t understand her feelings and how she feels. She doesn’t want to tell anybody about her husband not believing her, so she feels relief after writing, “You see he does not believe I am sick! And what can one do?”(Gilman 1).Gilman is using gender roles when she says that the husband John doesn’t believe that the narrator is severely sick and she could not do anything to make him believe her. This shows gender roles because he doesn’t trust her when…show more content…
The narrator was sitting by the window in the nursery room. She says that she can write as much as she pleases till she feels tired of writing because there is no one to block her. “John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious. I am glad my case is not serious! but these nervous troubles are dreadfully depressing” (Gilman 2). The author is using a semi-autobiographical technique to show that the narrator was being left in the house for the whole day and she was not supposed to do anything. However when John was out for work for the whole day, she could write how much ever she wants because no one was there to stop her. When the narrator explains that she writes when her husband is not at home that shows gender role because she is hiding it from her husband. She is hiding it from her husband because he didn’t let her write anything or do anything, because in Victorian times, women had less opportunity than men. Also women had to listen to what their husbands said as they were the heads of the house. The husband didn’t believe his wife which shows gender role and creates marital problem when he come to know that he was wrong about not believing her and she was mentally

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