Monday April 15th, 2013
Non-Existent Equality in the 1800’s
Charlotte Perkins Gilman is known by readers of literature and students across the globe for her most famous piece “The Yellow Wallpaper.” The famous story follows a woman who suffers from mental illness and her growing infatuation with the yellow wallpaper in her bedroom. It touches on the responsibility of women in the late 1800’s and the narrator’s inability to fulfill the duties of a housewife. At the end of the short story, the narrator’s illness takes over her mind and body as she believes she has seen a woman in the wallpaper, eventually putting herself in the wallpaper as well. When readers look deeper into the text, it is apparent that Charlotte Perkins used personal experiences drawn from both her life and the time period she lived in to write “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Firstly, many controversial political events were occurring in the late 1800’s which had a clear impact in her work. Secondly, many social issues surrounding feminism and women’s place in society are conveyed throughout the story. Finally, various personal experiences and events that occurred during the time period in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman lived influenced her to communicate the universal truth that women were not treated equally in society.
The political state of the time period that Charlotte Perkins Gilman lived in was one dominated by male ideologies influencing her to communicate the universal truth that women were not treated equally in society. Many political influences of the late 1800’s are what Charlotte Perkins Gilman based “The Yellow Wallpaper” on. During Gilman’s late twenties and early thirties, many political issues dealing with women’s rights were being presented. “In Gilman’s lifetime women’s right to become full citizens and to vote became one of the primary issues debated in homes, media, and political arena” (Gilman 1). Women did not have the...
Cited: Gillman, Charlotte Perkins. “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Handout. ENG 3CU0C (S. Bhela). Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School. March. 2013. Print.
Gillman, Charlotte Perkins. “Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper.” Handout. ENG 3CU0C (S. Bhela). Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School. March. 2013. Print.
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