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Social Conformity And Sexism : A Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Social conformity and sexism at one point in American history were an extremely debated topic, causing some writers to explore these topics through some of the greatest short stories written. The stories that explored these social issues were a Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and another story that explored these debated topics was A&P written by John Updike. A Yellow Wall Paper was a story published on January of 1892 and this story gives us an insight of how gender roles operated during the early parts of the 20th century, and A&P was published in 1961, this story gives an early insight of the new social upheavals that the rebellious youth will cause against the norms of society. These two examples of
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Gilman describes the setting by saying, “ It makes me think of English places that you read about.” The husband of protagonist of A Yellow Wall Paper decided to use the rest treatment, which completely blocked out outside stimulus which also included any intellectual stimulation as well, this is important because the protagonist just agreed with her husband without any questions and yet again her husband used the doctor and husband car to suppress her from any stimulus. Gilman also exemplifies sexism by introducing the character of John sister because she's describes as being only a good housewife, and she blindly obeys the orders given to her by any male including the order to supervise the protagonist. In the story A&P, Updike introduces sexism in a different manner and also through a different perspective because in this story the main character Sammy introduces the story by talking about a group of girls that entered the A&P shop when he immediately begins to judge their appearance and assigns them a personally based on their body language and as well there appearances. For example, Sammy said, “....there was this one, with the two piece -- it was bright green and the seams on the bra were still sharp and her belly was still pretty pale… there was this one, with one of those chubby berry-faces, the lips all bunched together under her nose , this one, with black hair..” In this quote Sammy demonstrates who makes during the 60s viewed
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