Feminism Is The Advocacy Of Women 's Rights On Grounds Of Political, Social, And Economic Equality

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Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an advocate for women’s rights. She was involved in Progressive Era reform culture. Gilman, author of “The Yellow Wallpaper”, illustrates in the short story that women can overcome the weight patriarchy puts on them mentally. The narrator’s husband, John, displayed paternal behavior towards her which was belittling. Gilman uses metaphors, specifically personification, to illustrate the narrator’s depression. The narrator feels she is being stripped of her identity yet triumphs in the end. In the nineteenth century, men dominated the workplace and the home. Women didn’t start working until the Great Depression, which took place during the 1930s. John patronizes the narrator a number of times. He dictates where she must be in the house at all times. John also does not allow her to write, which is how she expresses herself. He chooses who she gets to interact with. She is not able to visit with her cousins. "I tried to have a real earnest reasonable talk with him the other day," she sneaks to write in her diary since John does not allow it," and tell him how I wish he would let me go and make a visit to Cousin Henry and Julia. But he said I wasn 't able to go, nor able to stand it after I got there; and I did not make out a very good case for myself, for I was crying before I had finished." (Gilman 313). Even her brother, a physician also,…
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