The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born in 1860, in the city of Hartford, CT. She would later move to California. She would end her own life in 1935, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought for women’s rights and was an advocate of socialism. She wrote novels, poetry and short stories. She was a woman who was educated; her writing reflected her knowledge, relating to her strong thoughts on woman’s rights and independence and how women of Victorian times suffered from this lack of rights. In her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Charlotte Perkins Gilman conveys her views on feminism and how women are treated through characters who represent this treatment. The characters she uses help the reader really get drawn into her story; keeping them intrigued. Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written in 1891; during the Victorian era. This story is about a woman suffering from a mental illness. Her husband, who is also her physician, takes her to a mansion away from their home in an attempt to treat this mental illness. The woman who is be treated, begins as seeming mildly depressed, however; throughout the story, she becomes more and more mentally ill, until she is in a state of hysteria. The author has the narrator focus on the yellow wallpaper up until the end of the story; keeping the reader’s attention with curiosity and a want to keep reading. The literary element of focus for this analysis is characters. The use of such a dynamic and complex main…
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