Suppression Of Women Essay

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Suppression of Women"The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte GilmanStereotypes have been part of society for a very long time and are still present today. The stereotypical female, traditionally, is expected to have a delicate character, to take care of the housework and the children, to have no personality, identity, and to be relatively simpleminded and inferior in comparison to men. Since then, men are privileged enough to have education, they hold jobs and make all the decisions. Thus, women are cast into the prison of submission because they lived in a world dominated by men. In the short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Gilman, she demonstrates a women's descent into madness because of the control and attack of women in society. The narrator of the story is symbolic for all women in the late 1800s, a prisoner of a confining society. She also introduces the setting, theme, and symbolic issues that are going on in her life. The narrative shows the reader a particular kind of insanity that afflicts the narrator. Therefore, her voice is very consequential to the reader and important due to the skillful use of syntax and language in her descriptions.The narrator manipulates the reader's perspective throughout her story as she immediately introduces us to her world. Language plays an important role as a normal woman assesses her husband's profession and her own supposed illness. The narrator comes across as intelligent if not a little paranoid and less concerned with a slight hysterical but rather describing the house as "queer and untenanted" (Gilman, 284). Her suspicion occurs early on appearing at first as misdirection meant to foreshadow a possible ghost story. She goes on to describe the most beautiful place, "There is a delicious garden… large and shady, full of box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them" (Gilman, 285). Her depiction is that of an attractive home leading the reader to imagine a stable woman in a new setting. Clearly, the narrator's vocabulary is an indication of her right-mindedness as well as her ability to examine a condition she disagrees with.A description of the wall is necessary in order to provide a base for comparison with the rest of the story. Because we only get the narrators point of view, descriptions of the wall become more important as a way of judging her deteriorating mental state. When first mentioned, the narrator describes the wall as, "I never saw a worse paper in my life… one of those sprawling, flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin" (Gilman, 286). Once again, the narrator emphasizes her present intellectual capacity. Additionally, the walls color contrast a dull, yet lurid orange with a sickly sulfur tint showing different appearances depending on where the narrator looks at the wall. While the description is far from flattering, it conveys the dual nature of the wall as evil yet compelling force by using contrasting words to...

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