Male Dominance In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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The nineteenth century was a time of male dominance and female suppression. Women faced social and freedom limitations under the barricades of their significant others. The narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper” continuously conveys social expectations, in regards of male and female relationships, throughout evidence in the text. This type of male dominance was the main driving force of the insanity of our narrator. Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” motivated women to challenge distinctive gender roles and patriarchal power through creativity and mental strength. During this time period, women were discouraged to have any self-expressive or intellectual thoughts. The narrator is expected to submissively accept that her own ideas are all fictional and that the only opinions she can trust in her life, come from the men. John, the narrators husband says, “There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is a false and foolish fancy. Can you not trust me as a physician when I tell you so?” (Gilman). The narrator…show more content…
In many ways, there is a great parallel between the setting and her husband, John. These two factors both prove to be very controlling. The “wallpaper”, or setting, consumes her mentally, while John restricts her physically. The narrators’ world, in a sense, is like imprisonment rather than rehabilitating. John and the setting constantly work together. John brings the narrator to the house and does not give her any type of stimulation thus, driving her to the mysterious wallpaper. With nothing to do while trapped inside the room the narrator starts to obsess over the wallpaper, “I lie here on this great immoveable bed—it is nailed down, I believe –and follow that pattern about by the hour” (Gillman). It is because of her fixation with her surroundings that her condition

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