In the compelling and riveting short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, gender roles are explored by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which alludes to the emblematic implication of the short story. In a close reading of details, the reader will discover gender roles challenged commonly throughout the piece. In this short story it shows the male characters inadvertently placed in a position of power, while the women fall into a secondary position of supremacy.
Although the story is attentively placed on the descriptions of the yellow wallpaper and her psychosis, many subliminal messages are plausible as well. Lori Voth, also states “It is important, though, to understand that although the plot is primarily based around her neurosis, the objective of the story is to deliver a completely unrelated message”. One could conclude that gender stereotypes are permeated within this short story as well. I was remarkably intrigued by the feminist theories illustrated in “The Yellow Wallpaper”. William Ames describes feminism, “based on the assumption that women have the same human, political and social rights as men, furthermore, that women should have the same opportunities as men in their personal choices regarding careers, politics and expression”. The suppressing of women’s liberation by male figures is the more common stereotype inside the story. The idea of dependency for man, due to the self-indulgent mindset of woman really stood out to me in this story as well. The narrator is merely viewed as hysterical because of her thoughts, and she relies on her husband’s knowledge to treat her although she doesn’t progress with his knowledge.
While the male figures in the short story are prototypically parallel, the female characters have little divergence. There is a distinct difference between the narrator and the housekeeper. The housekeeper is described as perfect, according to the narrator. The narrator states, “She is a