Woman In "The Yellow Wallpaper"

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Zoë Wickham May 5th 2008 6th Period The Woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist writer and in her short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” she creates a women going crazy because of her husband’s firm hold on her. The woman trapped in the wallpaper is a symbol of how women are trapped by men. Written in first person, this short story contains a series of entries the woman writes in secret. The husband controls every move his wife takes, every hour planned with the pills she needs. Once the woman character in this short story develops her own sense of control apart from her husband she can plan her flight to freedom. This occurs when she rebels and rips down the wallpaper that has driven her insane. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is told by a woman whose husband, a physician, confines her to the upstairs bedroom of a house the family has rented for the summer. Forbidden from working and thinking, the woman begins to crave stimulation. Her husband, John, confines her to the nursery, because he treats her as a child, “It is a big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore. It was nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium, I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things on the walls” (2). John chooses this room to keep his wife in not only because it has to be the largest and airiest room, but also because the barred windows will keep her in, just like the children, and the rings and things on the wall are a way to tie her up if need be. John diagnoses her as a “temporary nervous depression” and “a slight hysterical tendency”, telling her that she cannot be insane, just a little overstimulated. With no stimulation from books or the outside world, the woman becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper. The control her husband has over her
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