Yellow Wallpaper: Beyond The Wall

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“Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman was analyzed by many perspective readers and writers. In my research paper I analyzed work by Ann Oakley and Karen Ford. These two authors had similar but yet different arguments. During my review process on both articles, I found that there can be many interpretations of any literary work. When you typically see topics written about women, you tend to see biased explanations. Reading these from a female standpoint you would go on to assume the writer will only defend what is morally right.
In the literary review, written by Ann Oakley, she included in her research there are three main differences she interpreted in her analysis regarding women. The difference between Health, Health care, and Medical care are somewhat inconsistent with one another. Medical care is easily definable; she described it as being given medical attention by a medical professional. This medical professional care is given to patients to treat or prevent illness or any medical discrepancy. Health care isn’t necessarily provided by medical professionals. It can be provided by a group of non medical staff, non professional groups, or given by yourself. The final term mentioned is health, it is the most complex of the three and isn’t similar to the other two in any way. Health requires good standing social relations amongst individuals.
Other topics mentioned in Oakley’s review were also the three unsolved problems with women and health. She listed the three following topics regarding production, reproduction, and medicalization of psychological costs of women’s mental diseases. She also researched health vs. social product amongst women.
When Oakley talks about production, she discusses economic and employment issues with women. She stated it was a huge ordeal that when women started working. They were supposed to be the ideal house workers. From the basic cleaning, cooking, taking care of the house and the family. Once women went into the workforce, men started resenting it and making it harder on them. Later it became an even bigger issue when women became unemployed because of the economy and the job force was doing poorly. Men wanted women to go back to doing their typical role in the household.
Reproduction was a hindrance only because it kept women from doing their jobs at home. Women also had that choice whether or not they wanted to reproduce so that they could work in the workforce. Then medical professionals started coming up with options to prevent pregnancy and help keep women in the workforce. Men believed women were put on this earth to reproduce and make babies; they weren’t here to compete with the man. This caused many issues with the true role of the woman vs. man.
The last unsolved problem is regarding women’s mental diseases resulting in psychological medicalization and the costs for such treatment. Individuals started seeing more women being treated for psychological purposes. Most of these patients...

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