The Yellow Wallpaper Essay

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Expressive Rights Freedom is a right all people have but women who are imprisoned in a domestic marriage lose that right and are unable to convey themselves the way they should. In the story, The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Gilman a woman and her husband move into a large secluded house. The husband, being an intelligent physician, informs his wife that this would be the best cure for her illness. The wife wanting to please her husband does as he says. She becomes fascinated and oddly obsessed with the wallpaper in the bedroom. This fascination causes her to become even more insane then she was in the beginning. Charlotte Gilman’s story The Yellow Wallpaper and other works express the idea that women forced to remain in a domestic…show more content…
Gilman’s opinion about domesticity did not just stop with the novel The Yellow Wallpaper she continued to voice her opinion in her other novels. Although The Yellow Wallpaper is more of a story that she uses to tell her feelings, some of her other novels are more specific and opinionated. For instance, her novel The Home, published in 1900, goes into more detail about how women need economic independence to improve motherhood, marriage, and industry. She emphasizes how women need to get out of the home and go out and pursue something different in their lives. Gilman believes that liberation is needed for women, children, and men. In other words Gilman not only believes that women should have the rights to express themselves but that men and children deserve that right as well. This shows that she believes in equality for all. However, in The Yellow Wallpaper, she focuses more on the right of women to express themselves and to not be labeled as a housewife. For instance, one of Gilman’s most famous quotes is, “A house does not need a wife any more than it needs a husband”(Siegel). This quote further proves what Gilman is trying to say in her novels. More specifically, a house needs both a husband and wife, as in they should both be considered equal. Charolette Gilman uses her novels and immense belief to spread to
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