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In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman used the actions of the husband as a way to demonstrate how the woman was treated poorly because of her mental condition. You can see through his actions the way women had no choice in their actions because they were dictated by men. In the beginning of the short story the narrator described how her husband, John, demanded that she be secluded and not write because she was sick. He gave his wife no options in this decision. He left her in a large house by herself while he went about his normal routine. She was stranded with all that would keep her company taken away from her and expected to stare out a window all day. She had to hide her writings from her husband so he would not get upset and take it away. You can slowly see his control over his wife start to develop. Another example of how John controls his wife is by refusing to remove the yellow
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Unformatted text preview: wallpaper. He realizes that having the wallpaper in the room distresses her, but he thought it would be better for her to keep it up. He refused to listen to her pleading and was convinced that it would be bad for him to give into her request, even if it was small and reasonable. He was always certain that he knew what was best and disregarded all of her opinions. In the short story The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilmans character, John, may have good intentions for his wife, but through his control is making her condition worse. He treats her as if she is incapable of making her own decisions, therefore he must make them for her. This helps illustrate the main issue of the story, which is that men of this time period often dictated their wives actions....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENGL 011 taught by Professor Ognibene during the Spring '08 term at Siena College (Loudonville).

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