A Jury Of Her Peers By Susan Glaspell

1674 Words7 Pages
Austin Jones
English 230-1195
February 14, 2015
Short Fiction and Essay Writing: First Draft

During the 19th many men exercised a sexist perspective towards women. During that time many women were not allowed to seek an education, career, any form of independence and were merely seen as caretakers. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Gilman Illustrates the controlling behavior that men had exercises on their wives, and the lack of freedom women had to make independent decisions. In “A Jury of Her Peers” Susan Glaspell illustrates how men exercised prejudice against women by focusing on the sexist perspective of two men during a lawful investigation which rendered them incapable of understanding what actually occurred. Analyzing the work
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Some women did not even have a choice in marriage and had their marriages arranged by the father. At this point we can establish that during the 19th century that many women lacked control of their own lives and were expected to conform to what they were told without question. Charlotte Gilman wrote a short story by the name of “The Yellow Wallpaper” where she thoughtfully illustrates the inequality in of the marriage arrangement, and the controlling nature men had on their wives. Sadly, the reason why it is such a good illustration is because Gilman took the inspiration for this story from her own life. After the birth of her first child Gilman entered a state of postpartum depression and was treated rather poorly for it. Seeking treatment, she was referred to Dr. S. Weir Mitchell who at the time was a prominent specialist on nervous disorders. Dr. Mitchell thought that postpartum depression in women was caused by the absence of household chores and prescribed her a “rest cure.” This cure involved a constant state of inactivity. Gilman was essentially told she was from there on out, until cured, she was prohibited from undertaking anything whatsoever. However, the cure did not work and further complicated the symptoms of her depression that lead her to eventually leave her husband and child for the sake of her mental health. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman is able to clearly indicate the women is being
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