Women in the 19th century -The yellow wallpaperPaper Rating: Word Count: 938 Approx Pages: 4
Gilman wrote "The Yellow Wall-Paper to reveal the constraints which society forced upon women during the late nineteenth century. This realistic short story portrays a woman's inability to freely and independently express herself, due to the domestic and social standards women were supposed to uphold at this time. These standards, which the male dominant society stressed to be idealistic of women, were oppressive and cruel. Gilman presents the woman, who is suffering from Post-Pardum Syndrome, as being belittled throughout the story by her domineering husband, the all-knowing physician. "The Yellow Wall-Paper has a common theme of a child-like reference, which the husband constantly exploits on his wife. He uses it so much that she takes on the characteristics of a child. The imprisoned environment the narrator is forced to live in is also a prevalent theme, symbolizing how the narrator feels trapped inside herself and inside the yellow wallpaper because John implements complete control over her and enforces her not to think or write.
The inferior and submissive attitude the narrator possesses is shown in the first few paragraphs of the story. She f