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Modern day feminists enjoy looking into the past to find examples of female oppression This tactic is employed in the hopes of demonstrating that oppression of their sex by the evil male populous has been going on for decades One such work that is cited by feminists to showcase just how terrible women were treated in the first part of the twentieth century is Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper Feminists are quick to point out that the main character in this story is driven down the path of insanity by her uncaring husband It is of their opinion that John the main characters husband consistently neglects her by keeping her locked away upstairs Other feminists argue that the main character was not actually insane rather she was pushed into a temporary state of delirium as a result of the state of confinement that her husband subjected her to These same feminists will say that Johns consistent misdiagnosis of his wifes condition smacks of incompetence It is their theory that if the main character were a man during this same period of time doctors would have treated the condition differently In other words men were not diagnosed with hysteria and bedridden for three months when they became depressedAs mentioned before this is what some modern day feminists think This is in stark contrast to the interpretation by us modern day realists John was a good husband that cared deeply about his wifes condition He is described at the beginning of the story as being a physician in high standing The Norton Anthology p 658 This description alone offers deep insight into what kind of treatment his wife was receiving It is hard to imagine that any woman who is married to an extremely prominent doctor is going to receive anything less than highest quality of treatment available Johns love for his wife is further exemplified by him obtaining a nanny to watch over the baby
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