Analysis Of `` The Mark On The Wall `` By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Perceived Reality Feminism is considered an important aspect of “The Mark on the Wall” by Virginia Woolf and also “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Both short stories were set in the 1800s during the time where feminism was fought for since women were denied education, could not own their own property, and were expected to care for their husbands and children with complete disregard to themselves. The conventional 19th century norm had a rigid distinction between the “domestic” functions of the female and the “active” work of the male; this ensured women remained second class citizens. In “The Mark on the Wall,” the manly figure reveals the mark on the wall was in reality a snail. The woman doesn’t get up to see if the mark was really a snail, but instead, accepts what her husband says. The man character forces the woman to see reality the way he does, even if she doesn’t want to. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” gender division has the effect of keeping women in a childish state of ignorance and prevents their full development. John’s assumptions of his superiority lead him to misjudge, patronize, and dominate his wife, all in the name of “helping” her. The narrator is reduced to acting like a child, unable to stand up for herself without seeming unreasonable or disloyal. Woolf and Gilman use madness to define an essential part of the reality of women in the 1800s. In The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the wallpaper is not merely the
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