The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's story "The Yellow Wallpaper" was written before the 20th century, which was a time when women 's roles were defined by men. Women living in a male dominated society at the time were portrayed as being unable to make their own decisions without a man 's consent. The cult of domesticity was an idea that women would be submissive and responsible for the home and family while at the mercy of her husband. Gilman 's story depicts the life of a strong woman who is the wife to her husband John and the mother to a newly born baby. While being passive and compliant under the rule of her controlling husband, she does not hesitate to take the role of a caring and nurturing mother. Unfortunately, unknown to society at the time our narrator suffers from depression and anxiety after giving birth to her child. The cult of true womanhood was a set of beliefs about gender roles in the 19th century America. The cult of domesticity decreed that a woman 's place was in the home. Women were extremely limited in this time and they normally did not speak in public. Women at the time could not hold male occupations and one exception was woman could be teachers which they felt was an extension of a mother 's role. Women cannot own property in their own name legally, cannot sign contracts, any money that she would make would go to her husband and certainly she could not vote. At the time legally a husband and wife were considered one person and the person was the husband.
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