The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, protagonist of the “The Yellow Wallpaper” and the author of the short story herself, details her experiences while locked away on bed rest by order of her doctor husband. Through these experiences, Gilman displays the struggles women face while seeking independence. While this short story has many psychological aspects, it also displays several feminist perspectives that speak for the female gender throughout the late 1800’s, as well as difficulties with a society ran by primarily males. This idea is evident through Gilman’s husband, John, the writings of Jane, the unnamed narrator, and the environment Gilman herself was placed within. Through these components, isolation of women and the power given off by the male gender is reflected. Gilman’s husband, John is a great example of a controlling spouse and male. John held full control over Gilman’s life, completed all decisions, and treated her with such inferiority. He never takes her ideas serious and sees them as laughable moments: “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage” (Gilman 226). This not only displays John’s inferiority but as well as what is expected from society at this time. Gilman see’s this small action of her husband laughing at her a norm, rather than John holding power over her. Once, Jane, the unnamed narrator, who is a stranger to herself, takes full control of her thoughts, she quickly reverses John’s character. Instead of seeing John as a resilient,

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