The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Gilman

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The yellow wallpaper by charlotte Gilman is about a woman who slowly descends into madness trying to please herself and have a voice even though she is a woman in a time that is is expected for her to obey her husband and be the wife he wants her to be. This short story took many years to be published, one publisher even wrote in a rejection letter to Gillman that stated “I could not forgive myself if I made others as miserable as I have made myself by reading this” (Stephens, 1997). The comment of this publishing agent reflects a man not wanting to publish a women’s story. This is because the short story was written in the beginning of the women 's-rights movement in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century that gave rise to a…show more content…
According to Post’s feminist analysis, the narrator’s oppression parallels that of all women; she had to choose to live by the oppressive nature of patriarchy or let go of herself. The narrator in the story hides her writing from the husband to show she is trying to obey him but deep down still writes in her journal because that is the only way to release her thoughts since she is confined in a room without having any socialization. The control the husband has is very apparent and his oppressive. “John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least. He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies” (Gillman). This passage of the story shows the extent of the husband reign over the wife’s life. She has no ability to express herself through her writing, in turn making her more depressed and exhausted with trying to hide her voice from the world. Not only was the husband demanding but so was society in this time frame. women where to obey their husbands and be women who stayed quiet and took care of the house and children. Gillman writes “he is very careful and loving and hardly lets me stir without special direction… he takes care from me, and I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more” (Gilman). The author and her choice of words reflect that the husbands attempt to completely control the wife is not working, she is hinting
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