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An Analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper One of the most inspiring short stories I have read was The Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman In this story Gilman uses the narrators postpartum depression as a way to disguise the point she is trying to make The symbolism of The Yellow Wallpaper can be recognized right away In most literary works the problems or views of society are often included Although Gilmans story reads as if she is simply telling the story of a womans depression the issue of womens equality is apparent The relationship between the narrator and her husband would be disagreeable to a modern womans relationship now Today most women want equality with their partner The reader never learns the name of the narrator maybe to make it look like she could be any woman On the first page of The Yellow Wallpaper Gilman shows the male dominated society and relationship It was typical of the time for men to think that they knew it all and for them to treat women as children John the narrators husband is a well-known doctor and both his and his wifes words and actions reflect the previously mentioned stereotype John laughs at me of course one expects that in marriage This statement demonstrates the obvious sexism of society at that time John does not believe that his wife is sick while she is really suffering from postpartum depression He neglects to listen to his wifes thoughts feelings and health through his way of thinking He dismisses her requests and thoughts as childish fancies According to him there is nothing wrong with his wife except for temporary nerve issues which should not be serious John feels rest and relaxation are what is needed to cure his wife What he doesnt realize is that by closing her off from the world he is taking away from her things that are important to her mental state such
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