The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1533 Words Nov 16th, 2014 7 Pages
In the late 1800s to early 1900s, there was a time of great oppression for female citizens in America as well as most of the world. Whether it was being forced into marriage roles based on gender, extreme unfair working rights, or a lack of suffrage, women were becoming more and more obedient to men by the minute. In an attempt to cripple the oppression, educated women often made their talents public by putting work into great literature works and public speaking along with also protesting. Women ultimately changed society 's views on them for many years to come. Among these women was Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Gilman was a feminist writer, commercial artist, lecturer, magazine editor, and social reformer who was born in 1860. According to her autobiography, her most famous story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," is a semi-autobiographical story written after she struggled through “postpartum psychosis from which she was told to go through a cure treatment” (Gilman). The story is a response to that treatment in those times. In that era women were considered hysterical and nervous people of society. In "The Yellow Wallpaper", Gilman creates a reflection of what she and many other women during those years had to experience. This was a grim example of what gender roles used to be in a time where women’s rights were nonexistent to males. Charlotte Perkin Gilman 's short story is an extended metaphor not for how men treated women in a male-dominant marriage, but how society…

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