The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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One may say that a woman’s work is never done. Many American women grow up with this embedded in their minds and feel it to be true Charlotte Perkins Gilman, published in 1892 in the New England Magazine, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” argues that after being observed by a physician for severe and continuous nervous breakdowns and beyond, that not using the remnants of intelligence that remained left her near the borderline of utter mental ruin. Gilman successfully built her narratives in the short story, which was essentially intended to be a letter to the doctor that diagnosed her, by employing emotional appeals into a story exaggerating her feelings while unable to express her creativity, this effect is best created by the use of complex symbols, examples of cultural and societal expectations and the recurring theme of madness. During this time, women felt as if they were the only objects for their husbands to use. The women we see in the story are meant to find fulfillment in the home, while the men hold positions as high-ranking physicians. A feminist icon, Susan S. Lanser, analyzed the role of women 's history and concluded, “Feminist criticism was bound to challenge this marginalization of social content and to argue that literary works both reflect and constitute structures of gender and power. In making this challenge, feminist criticism was implying that canonical literature was not simply mimesis, a mirror or the way things are or the way men and women are.” (Lanser,…

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