Theme Of Women In The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Woman behind the Wallpaper
“There comes John, and I must put this away,—he hates to have me write a word.” (Gilman 469) This quote is a prime example of the lack of freedom and control woman in the 1800’s have. The narrator of our short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an excellent example of a Victorian Woman who expresses the theme of Female Oppression and inequality. Through use of literary elements such as characterization, symbolism and imagery Gilman perfectly illustrates the social issues these women struggle with.
Gilman uses literary elements such as characterization and imagery to help emphasize the detrimental effects of female oppression. In the story the characterization helps to demonstrate the struggles between Jane Doe and John. Her husband, John, often demeans the narrator making her appear self centered. “Perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster. You see he does not believe I am sick.” (Gilman 468) This illustrates the toxic and unhealthy relationship between John and his wife. John controls her by forcing her to believe all her issues are in her head, causing her paranoia and delusion. Furthermore, this helps express how much power men hold over women and how little control females have over their lives. Another example of how literary elements demonstrate the overall theme of inequality of women occurs when Gilman describes their house through immense imagery. One example of the amount of control John has comes through the dark and eerie
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