essay 1 revised - Dodson 1 Hannah Dodson Elizabeth Robinson ENGL 203-528 Essay 1 Critical Analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper The Yellow Wallpaper by

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Dodson 1 Hannah Dodson Elizabeth Robinson ENGL 203-528 February 11, 2014 Essay 1: Critical Analysis of “The Yellow Wallpaper” “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a marvelously written story with a unique point of view that allows the reader to reside in the mind of the narrator. The vast detail of the work and the style of writing, which is that of a journal entry, evoke a sense of intimacy that draws the reader in and presents the central conflict of the story, which is the progressively dete- riorating mind of the narrator. The narrator’s borderline hysterical thoughts and actions, the char- acter of her overbearing husband John, and the affects of her provocative surroundings are tools that Gilman uses to condemn the oppression that many women in the nineteenth century faced at the hands of men. The “rest cure” which is prescribed to the narrator in the story was prescribed to Gilman by Dr. Weir Mitchell in order to treat her for the depression she experienced after her marriage to Charles Stetson and actually drove her to near madness (Gale). She is said to have written “The Yellow Wallpaper” in objection to the treatment she and many other women received. It is these biographical aspects to the story which elicit a feminist interpretation of the text by providing context in which the reader can compare the events of “The Yellow Wallpaper” to the oppression Gilman faced at the hands of the men in her life.
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Dodson 2 Much of the narrator’s dialogue allows the author to relay her feminist views. It is appar- ent that all control is taken from the narrator and put into the hands of her husband, John, whose power over her is immense and oppressive. “John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least. He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weak-
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