Charlotte Perkins Gilman orchestrates an all-out feminist assault on societal male dominance in her work, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. She cleverly conceals her points in an attention-grabbing story about a wife seemingly held prisoner by her mental deterioration. However, the real captors turn out to be societal norms where men are in charge and other women unwittingly supporting the oppressors.
Set in the late 19th century, the story reflects the current state of society where men are in charge of everything and women must play a subservient role in most situations. Men are the experts and their opinions or determinations will not be challenged by women. As a physician, the husband tells his ailing