Gender Differences In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Gender differences are referred to what a society or culture accepts as masculine or feminine traits, which includes the accepted roles, appearances, behaviors, and activities of each individual, as opposed to the definition of sex differences, which simply refers to biological difference between a male or female. Though gender roles have changed considerably compared to the 1900s, there is still evidence this is something we still struggle with in the United States today. Despite the fact that we have the first female candidate for President of the United States, gay/ lesbian/ transgender individuals now have more courage than ever to come forward publicly, and more jobs only available to men are opening to women (military). The residue of society’s expectations of what role a “real man” or “real woman” is, is still apparent. Especially when one does not value the identities he or she is forced to adopt, hiding their true selves from everyone around them. In “The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses her illustration…show more content…
In the very beginning of the story, we immediately recognize how the narrator’s husband undermines her intelligence when the narrator mentions how a husband is expected to laugh at his wife, in marriage. Which is supposed to be whenever she expresses her opinion or suggestions. This supports the author’s point to illustrate the repression of intellect from a woman, because we understand the laugh is the type of laugh that can easily be compared to the laugh you have if you ever watched the television show, “Kids say the darnest thing.” You are not laughing with, but at the child, because you do not expect a child to truly know what he/she is saying and you find it entertaining, from the perspective of a far more intellectual human
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