The gender theory of the Yellow Wallpaper

1018 WordsSep 25, 20135 Pages
The Gender Theory of “The Yellow Wallpaper” In the compelling and riveting short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, gender roles are explored by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which alludes to the emblematic implication of the short story. In a close reading of details, the reader will discover gender roles challenged commonly throughout the piece. In this short story it shows the male characters inadvertently placed in a position of power, while the women fall into a secondary position of supremacy. Although the story is attentively placed on the descriptions of the yellow wallpaper and her psychosis, many subliminal messages are plausible as well. Lori Voth, also states “It is important, though, to understand that although the plot…show more content…
The narrator states “John says if I don’t pick up faster he shall send me to Weir Mitchell in the fall” (Gilman). Although it’s never declared that the punishment bestowed upon the women sent to Weir Mitchell is a harsh chastisement, the narrator says, “I had a friend who was in his hands once, and she says he is just like John and my brother, only more so!” (Gilman) The fear that women has towards the men only added to the idea of them being substandard beings. Their wouldn’t be a need to fear your equal. “The fact is I am getting a little afraid of John” (Gilman) and “I began, and stopped short, for he sat up straight and looked at me with such a stern, reproachful look that I could not say another word” (Gilman) are just two quotes stated by the narrator which appends to my argument of fear. The male characters are clearly dominant whether it’s premeditated or unintentional. The narrator states, “I don’t like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs that opened on the piazza and had roses all over the window, and such pretty old-fashioned chintz hangings! But John would not hear of it.” (Gilman) This shows that her opinion even on her basic placement inside a house where she was already confined couldn’t even be negotiated. Although John and the narrator’s brother are both physicians they are also boastful and immodest. The imaginative outlook that the
Open Document