Submissive Role of WomenPaper Rating: Word Count: 643 Approx Pages: 3
Three Victorian era writers illustrate the submissive role of women in society through their literary storylines. From a depressed narrator to an obsessive governess, the dominant role of the male race influences their way of living in society. As the wife in The Yellow Wallpaper, approved activity is limited by her preoccupied physician/husband. Adultery actions by Mrs. Pontellier, in The Awakening, are caused by her husband's demanding drive for perfection towards her. Also, in The Turn of the Screw, the governess allows her affection for her "master lead her into a state of insanity. The issues of overriding demands and actions from men create a mood of unhappiness through different ways in each story.
In the beginning of Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, the "nameless female narrator begins to explain her nervous depression and how it is being treated by her husband and her brother.