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A critique of The Yellow Wall-Paper Charlotte P Gilmans The Yellow Wall-Paper written in the early part of the 1900s is an excellent example of the common belief during that time which held that women were too weak to handle stress and as a result often collapsed under it During this time society frowned on women who did anything besides cleaning house and raising children It was believed that they could not handle anything else If however a woman fell victim to a nervous breakdown the only remedy was shutting her up inside her home which in Gilmans view only worsened things The Yellow Wall-Paper is a fictitious account of a time when Gilman herself suffered a nervous breakdown Her husband solitude and her hallucinations drove her to disconnect from reality which in turn lead to her independence Charlottes husband is the first element that drove her to disconnect from reality which in turn lead to her independence Although well intentioned John takes away what little power she has by regulating everything she does Charlotte is presumed to be weak unable to cope with normal activities She is not even allowed to write and says that he hates to have me write a word Throughout the story he is condescending referring to her as a little girl and insists that she take a room she does not like as if she were a child In fact the room they stay in used to be a nursery and has child-safe bars on the windows making her seem even more like a child and a prisoner It is odd to note that Charlotte being the one for whom the vacation is taken is not allowed to do what she wants John in his pragmatic reasoning believes he has her best interest at heart and forbids her to work Charlotte disagrees and believes that congenial work with
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