The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins

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In this short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins uses the story to describe statements about feminism and individuality. He does so by putting the reader through the horrific terrors the woman was going through neurosis, as her mental thoughts with the wallpaper in the room. Gilman tries instead to show a message of individual expression and he achieves it perfectly by recoding the progress of the illness she had, through the state of the wall paper. It is obvious in this story that the woman allows herself to be set lower to men, specially her husband, John. Being a Physician, he puts special orders for her to follow: To stay in bed, relax her imagination, and most important to stop her writing. Though she always felt better when she wrote, and felt it helped her, she does not argue or complain, But speaks “What can one do?” (655). This shows the lack of herself confidence and the feeling of inferiority she had. She speaks ask if anything she said did not count anyway, but she was very accepting of the situation. She expresses herself unimportant several more times through the story. “I meant to be such a real rest and comfort, and here I am a comparative burden already” (656). One big problem is that the woman does not give herself enough pride to spec up for herself. Although no one knows what makes him of her feel better, she mostly will depend on the doctor’s advice instead. The woman tries so hard to relief herself, and deep down she knows exactly what to

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