Gender Roles In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Gender roles were strictly enforced for many centuries, specifically in the nineteenth century. Women and men were to act different ways from each other and it was social taboo to break out of these roles back in the day. All different forms of media from previous eras express this. In different forms of literature such as Kate Chopin’s short piece, “The Story of An Hour”, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Both writers have lived within the nineteenth century, and have written stories reflecting gender roles and regulations of peoples within the time period. Kate Chopin is seen as a feminist in her time period, and her writing was not allowed to be published for a very long time. While Charlotte Perkins Gilman was one to write about women and their roles in the society in which she belonged to. Both writers had used what they knew from their lives to write what they have written. Each story displays how men and women are written in the stories, reflecting upon time periods and the time period . Both of these stories display gender roles, as well as the main women of each story anticipating their own forms of freedom. The short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is the story about a woman who is supposably ill according to her husband. So he keeps her hidden away in a room that has yellow wallpaper. The woman is not allowed to socialize, nor is she allowed to write. Writing is known to be a form of self

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