The Yellow Wallpaper Essay

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The Yellow Wallpaper In the early centuries, women had a certain social status in society. Women’s rights and feminist movements were formed to change this mindset. Journalist and feminist advocate, Charlotte Perkins Gilman once said, “There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver”. Gilman believed that there was no difference in mentality between men and women. This belief is strongly shown in all of her work, especially in the famous, The Yellow Wallpaper. The Yellow Wallpaper is a story about a woman who suffers from a mental illness but cannot heal because her husband does not believe she is sick. She is supposed to rest and get better when her husband puts her in a room with bars on the windows and an awful wallpaper she comes to a new realization that she’s not sick but being treated unfairly, she is trapped and she must escape. The wallpaper drives her completely batty, and she tries so very hard to get rid of it or get out of the room. Her husband won’t allow it and says it’ll do her some good. During the time period in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote in was when women were starting to figure out that they were just as equal as men. She uses her own personal experience to write the Yellow Wallpaper. The setting of this story takes place during a time period where women were treated less than in society. The Yellow Wallpaper provides a first person view of the oppression women faced in the 19th century through symbolism. The title of the story is the main piece of symbolism, the yellow wallpaper itself. The wallpaper in the woman’s room represents imprisonment and this is strongly shown when she says, “The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out” (Gilman). The imprisonment image is created because she repeatedly asks to remove the wallpaper but isn’t allowed

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