The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Name: Professor: Course: Date: Feminist Analysis of ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’ The image and status of women in the modern world are continually changing. The transition of the woman has been written about by many literary legends, and the world has come to realize how important literature is when it comes to leading revolutions. ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’ is one such ground-breaking book written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The book depicts the status of American women in the second half of the nineteenth century. This paper analyses the book from a feminist point of view and tries to establish how the women had long been subjected to stringent conduct expectations and self-expression restrictions. Through the writing, Charlotte expressly outlines how the woman was perceived as a weaker human being who was unfit both physically and emotionally (Knight 37). The men of the time viewed them with contempt based on their characteristically smaller physique and the instability of their emotions especially when they were receiving their menses. In the story, she narrates an ordeal with a physician where she was told to adopt a somewhat ludicrous cure for an ailment she was suffering from (Gilman 55 ). Her reaction was hysterical because she felt insulted by the assertion of her doctor. Her response Albeit justified and sound only served to cement the notion that women have trouble controlling their emotions. Throughout her work, Charlotte portrays herself as someone utterly opposed to the idea of being weak and ultimately inferior to men. She demystifies the allegory that women should be controlled and boxed in while men live with pretty much no restrictions and

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