The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Gilman

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Many people see change as being unnecessary or a bad thing. However, when it comes to the change and evolution of gender roles and attitudes; it is necessary and significantly affected how women are seen in the workforce as well as in the home. Many women in the past have not been able to do what they have wanted to do and are expected to do what their husbands want them to do, as well as what society wants them to do. Charlotte Gilman published "The Yellow Wallpaper" in 1892 and wrote this short story because she experienced the same confinement that the narrator did. The narrator 's role in the family in the short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," represents the ideals and attitudes toward gender roles in the Victorian Era which will evolve into present-day ideas and roles. Gilman 's use of confinement throughout the story provides context as to how working men treated non-working women. Many women during the Victorian Era were confined to the home and that was essentially their "job." In fact, women were needed in the home in order to keep the husband 's reputation secure as well as the reputation of the family. John, the narrator 's husband, says "‘My Darling, ' said he, ‘I beg of you, for my sake and for our child 's sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that enter your mind '" (Gilman 660). This informs the reader that the reputation of the husband is dependent on the reputation of the woman and how she is viewed by society. According to
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