The Use of Feminism in the Yellow Wallpaper

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The Use of Feminism in the Yellow Wallpaper “I don't like to look out of the windows even – there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast. I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper as I did?” the woman she was seeing behind the wallpaper was herself. She was the one “stooping and creeping.” The Yellow Wallpaper was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In the story, three characters are introduced, Jane (the narrator), John, and Jennie. 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. For example, the piece titled Why I Wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Gilman, she states that she suffered from a “severe and continuous nervous breakdown”, similar to what the narrator went through in The Yellow Wallpaper. Also, she said her doctor “concluded there was nothing wrong with her and sentenced her to never touch pen or pencil again.” Exactly what the prognosis of the narrator in the story was. It was easy for Charlotte to write a story with so many personal connections because she can use her own thoughts and experiences. There were many ways different groups of people believed how to treat mental disease. Different religions or people from different regions
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