The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” By Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a short story about a woman 's slow spiral to insanity as she is forced into a mundane, repressive lifestyle by her husband and Doctor. Throughout history inequality has been a prominent political and social issue. Inequality is seen in many aspects of society, such as class, race, and gender. Gender inequality is an issue that has been relevant throughout our history yet only become a true fight near the start of the 20th century. Men and women are forced to play different roles in society. Men are generally seen as the leader of the family, the job holder, and the usual recipients of social and political respect, while women are seen as the home make with the menial roles. Men were respected and seen as superior to women. The fight for gender equality has challenged these traditional roles, women 's place in society has changed since then, but not without a little help. Influential writers, such as Charlotte perkins Gilman 's have helped pave the way for equal rights through their powerful literature. In this story, we see how mistreated women are and the psychological effect that a patriarchal society can have. Gilman explores the female condition during the late 19th century through symbolic and profound literary themes that relate to the treatment of women. The major themes of the short story are confinement and gender inequality. The unnamed narrator is confined to the expectations of a woman during the 19th
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