The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1165 Words Jul 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Mikenzie Fitzpatrick
Bro. Williams
ENG 335
“The Yellow Wallpaper” “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman engages the audience into the inner self of a young mother and wife throughout the story. Gilman’s purpose in writing “The Yellow Wallpaper” shows a woman’s perspective on oppression, victimization, failure, and her freedom. By writing the story from a first-person feministic point of view the narrator shows the struggle of women’s independence and individuality in a male dominated society. In the story, the wife is struggling to gain her freedom from herself, but also her husband. The husband wants the narrator to fulfill her duty as a wife and young mother, but she feels trapped in the societal norms. Gilman said, “I meant to be such a help to John, such as real rest and comfort, and here I am a comparative burden” (Pg.488). Rula Quawas, who wrote “A New Woman’s Journey Into Insanity: Descent And Return in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, gives insight to how women were treated back in the 1800’s. Quawas says, “Women were asked to be religious, domestic, and womanly and instructed them to glorify their domestic role and seek fulfillment within their sphere” (Pg. 36). The responsibility that women have in this time is to care their husband and children or in other words, be the perfect housewife. Any woman who went outside of these social norms were portrayed as insane or mentally incapable. This is ironic because the narrator is driven to…

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