The Movement for Women's Rights Inside The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Movement for Women's Rights Inside "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Women have been mistreated, enchained and dominated by men for most part of the human history. Until the second half of the twentieth century, there was great inequality between the social and economic conditions of men and women (Pearson Education). The battle for women's emancipation, however, had started in 1848 by the first women's rights convention, which was led by some remarkable and brave women (Pearson Education). One of the most notable feminists of that period was the writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman. She was also one of the most influential feminists who felt strongly about and spoke frequently on the nineteenth-century lives for…show more content…
This just shows how she is not considered to know what is best, even for her own mental health. She does not even realize that this is happening. She just says things like "And what can one do?" (Gilman 317) or "But what does one do?” (Gilman 317). I believe the entire purpose for her mental health problems lies in the fact that she is trying to hold back the feeling that she cannot express herself or give an opinion about her own problems. In American Literature Research and Analysis Web Site, Wohlpart claims that prior to the twentieth century, men assigned and defined women’s roles. It is considered improper for a woman to openly express dissatisfaction and anger. She says at the bottom of page 317 that she gets "unreasonably angry with John sometimes" and she blames it on her "nervous condition.” John tells her not to "neglect proper self control" (Gilman 317). So she is not allowed to express herself in speech nor in her writing, which I think she used for comfort and as a release. The mental-battle with doing what is considered proper and what she wants to do is what is slowly driving her crazy. Symbolism is seen all throughout this short story. I have six examples that I found to be the most symbolic of women not having rights in the nineteenth century. The first one is the use of the character Jennie, in contrast to the protagonist, to represent lifeless women who allow such degrading treatment. She is the typical woman

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