explication essay - “Personally I disagree with their...

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In this essay I will be using irony to illustrate the meaning of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” This short story, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a story about a woman whose husband is constantly trying to control her. The irony in the story shows the authors view that women were treated as if they were helpless, when in fact the woman in the story knew more about what would help her then her husband did. The woman’s husband, John, was a doctor. He felt that the best thing for his wife was to be secluded from others and left at a summer home while she recovered. He told her that she was not allowed to write or have company. He even refused to remove the dirty wallpaper in the room that she was shut up in. The woman expressed her feelings in the very beginning of the short story that she strongly disagreed with her husband on what would be best for her recovery.
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Unformatted text preview: “Personally, I disagree with their ideas. Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good” (533). The irony is shown at the end of the story when the woman goes crazy because of the restrictions her husband put on her. If the woman was allowed to do what she wanted then there is a high possibility that her breakdown wouldn’t have happened. The author demonstrated that women were thought of as incapable of making their own decisions, when in fact women know more about what is better for them then men do. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a clear example of how the author used irony to help reveal the meaning of the short story....
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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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