Analysis Of `` August Showers `` By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In the late 19th and early 20th century, America had an emergence of female authors. With this came a new style of writing, feminism. They wrote on their own belief and advocating for gender equality. We can see issues, highlighting feminism in several stories. Some in particular like “The Yellow Wallpaper” shows how women are overlooked by men. In the story “April Showers” we see how hard it is to pursue a career as a woman. The last story, “Speech to the American Equal Rights Association" shows the hardship that comes through labor for women. American author of the late 19th century reflected the ideals by showing men’s condescending views toward women, their struggles to have their ambition acknowledged, and the unfairness in the labor system. The first author who focuses the social aspect of feminism is Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Gilman uses situational irony to show how men looked down upon women. In the late 19th century, this story shows the issues of women who faced depression and anxiety. Many people, including the narrator are forced to prolonged rest. The narrator shows this pain as she says “John is a physician, and perhaps - (I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind) - perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster” (Gilman lines 11-13). What this passage reveals about women 's social struggle is how even as a wife, the narrator could not speak her mind to her own husband. Ironically as a

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