Yellow Wallpaper Dominance

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In Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” focuses on a woman who feels trapped in her own home due to male oppression. The story itself represents how patriarchal society affects one woman’s struggle to deal with both mental and emotional confinement. Mental and emotional confinement can play games with how a person falls into depression or insanity due to male dominance. “The Yellow Wallpaper” argues how male dominance can affect a woman’s mindset to feel a mental, emotional, and “solitary” confinement within her new home.
The oppression her husband, John, has on her causes her to suffer from a mental illness. His oppression towards her is he tries to keep her in the house. She states, “I wish he would let me go and make a visit to Cousin Henry and Julia. But he said I wasn’t able to go, nor
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She moves into a new home with her husband, John. She describes the new home as a “colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house” (Gilman). Her description of the home is a negative feeling she has towards the house. The description of the home being haunted shows her terror because she sees it as an imprisonment. In this home, there is a yellow wallpaper in the room she is staying in. She describes the wallpaper, as “the color is repellent, almost revolting; a shouldering unclean yellow” (Gilman). In this wallpaper, she tries to see the figure out the patterns and comes to find a woman. In comes to conclusion that she is living life like the woman in the wallpaper. In the statement, “And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody can climb through that pattern, it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads” (Gilman). She empathizes with the woman in the wallpaper because they are both in pattern that they cannot break through. The pattern being in a home that feels that haunted and with a man that watches every move and empowers her through her
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