The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is Centered Around Individualism and Feminism

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The woman in the story is suffering with depression but does not know how to deal with her illness due to her husband insensitivity and lack of belief of her illness. During this time period women were oppressed and were to be “seen and not heard.” Women were not seen as an equal individual to men but more like children. It is very clear that the wife is made inferior to her husband John. By him being a physician he feels he knows what is best for her needs and that is to stay in bed and stop writing. "Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. But what is one to do?" Although she feels better when she writes she is allowed and questions what she is to do now that she is not allowed to write. She lacks self-confidence and feels to be a burden to him. As a woman she does not give herself enough credit nor does she see herself as equal to her husband. This is also what people go through today in our society specifically doctors in general. Although we know what makes us feel better we often rely on the doctor’s advice and do exactly what they say to do because a doctor is considered to be an authoritative figure in society. The woman wants so badly to get better and she knows her writing will help her mind but she is being controlled by her husband as she considers it to be a relief but
John and people around her are telling her what to…
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