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The Yellow Wallpaper - Trauma of Charlotte Gilman
Journalism & Communication
Pages 5 (1255 words)
The Yellow Wallpaper – trauma of Charlotte Gilman The role of woman was essentially determined and assigned by men before the twentieth century. The women folk were caged in an ideological prison that subjugated and silenced them. The practice of domesticity along with the cult of purity was put forward as the ultimate goal of women and the main components of true womanhood.
Charlotte Gilman casts an almost cynical eye on the social structure as she highlights how some women have themselves set and incorporate these definitions in their livelihood. This is evident as she comments on the attitude of the doctor’s sister, “There comes John's sister. Such a dear girl as she is, and so careful of me! I must not let her find me writing. She is a perfect and enthusiastic housekeeper, and hopes for no better profession. I verily believe she thinks it is the writing, which made me sick!” (Gilman, 4) She is not allowed to cultivate her talent and passion for writing. This put an imaginary iron bar around her life which is practically enclosed in a room with yellow wallpaper. Dr. Mitchell, a neurosurgeon prescribes the ‘Rest cure’ process that brings out the belittling gesture of men towards women. The doctor always asks his wife to rest in order to be cured and makes this a weapon which can prevent her from nurturing her writing talents. This gradually crushes her self-esteem as he gains dictatorship over her life. This cure requires total rest, feeding and isolation. ...
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