Feminism in 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

609 WordsFeb 4, 20182 Pages
“The Yellow Wallpaper”, like many stories, has an underlying message that seems to be hidden between the lines. If you sit down and read this story once, you might see a bit of male domination of John over the narrator, but if you read it a second time and think deeper you see the true feminist theme. Gillman truly showed her feminist ways throughout this story, although it’s a short story and contains a lot of powerful messages in it. The first point is that Gillman uses metaphors to show her feminism, the second is that she uses small things, like the narrators word choice, to show how women are over looked and the last point is that the women are so concerned with what the opinions of men and what they think. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a feminist short story. It tells the story of a woman who is sick and whose husband, a physician, diagnoses her and doesn’t let her leave her house or have any contact with the outside world. There was a woman who was trapped behind the wallpaper; it’s not coincidence that she’s trapped behind a pattern. We can think of social norms as patterns that restrict our actions. The woman, who is trapped, can show a metaphorical way of that restriction. The author of this book works in ways to show feminism, she seems to weave in things that would mainly be overlooked but are actually quite prevalent. The metaphors, images and basic plot of the story leave a reader with a female character that has broken out in triumph over and oppressive set of
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