Gender Roles In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a gothic horror short story about a mentally troubled young woman in desperate need of help. Gilman uses the yellow wallpaper as a example to tell the readers about possible consequences with fixed gender roles: the husband's role of being clever and demanding and the wife's role of never questioning her husbands power. Being trapped and completely isolated by my family is unimaginable, I would go insane as well. In The Yellow Wallpaper, the narrator is being driven mad from isolation and is attempting to regain her freedom and take back control of her life from her dominant husband by freeing the “woman” in the wallpaper. Gilman uses the characters to represent typical gender roles of the time, and the downfalls associated with those roles. John is a very dominant spouse, one that has complete control over his wife. John treats his wife like a child. The narrator says “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage” (Gilman). This goes to show that John finds his wife’s thoughts, feelings and ideas laughable, he never takes them seriously and acts like he does not care. John is a physician and is trying to treat his wife’s problems,…show more content…
She wanted to express her thoughts and feelings, her ideas broke through society's toughest obstacles. The narrator says, “I did write for awhile in spite of them” (Gilman). By the time she starts to express everything she feels through writing she is at the point where she is tired from having to hide her thoughts from her husband. Even though she is tired of staying in her husband's care she says. “he takes all care for me, so I feel ungrateful not to value it more” (Gilman). She feels that even though John has taken all control from her and has isolated her from everything she still needs to thank her husband for taking the need to think from her
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