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Charlotte Perkin's Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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During and before the 1800s women had little to no rights. They were not allowed to vote, most did not have much of an education, they were suppose to stay home and take care of the children and home. Also, they could not own property under their name, their fathers owned it until they got married and then their new husband obtained the property once they were married (Gender Issues and Sexuality). By the end of the 1800s the women were tired of not getting the same rights as men and decided to fight for equality (Women Rights).
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story The Yellow Wallpaper demonstrates how women in the late 1800s felt trapped to their husbands, how men typically thought less of women, and how men made the house hold decisions.
Before the women’s rights movement got started in the late 1800s woman had little rights causing them to feel trapped to men. One of the reasons that women would sometimes feel trapped to men is because women at the time could not own their own land, and society looked at them as either their father’s belonging or when they got married they belonged to their husband. Women wanted to be able to own their own land and to be able to form their own identity by what they have accomplished in life (Gender Issues and Sexuality). Since the fathers or husbands “owned” the women of that time this could sometimes make the women feel trapped. For example, in the story The Yellow Wallpaper when the narrator sees that there is a women trapped in the wallpaper and says ‘the faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out’ this symbolizing that the women is trapped by her husband and can not get out. Towards the end of the story the narrator says “to jump out the window would be admirable exercise, but the bars are too strong even to try” this is representing that she wants to get out of her mirage and yet she can not because she feels to trapped to be able to get out. At the very end of the story the narrator has finally lost it, she says that she has finally gotten out and she tells John that he can not put her back in the wall paper and this is symbolizing that she now is free and that he can not get her back. It seems as if women back in the late 1800s were looked at more as possessions then a person causing them to feel trapped with not way out.
Before women began to fight for their rights they were housewives. They stayed at home and took care of the children and the house. This job might have been important and vital to having a family, it however, was not looked at as important as the mans job. Since the man of the house brought home the paycheck they were look at in society as having the better job (Gender Issues and Sexuality). Also, men thought that women were not capable of working out in the business world (Women’s Rights). Given that men were looked at as having the better job and they women were thought of not being able to handle the work felid women were looked down upon...

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