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Erin Crowder David Buchalter English 101-199 7 December 2007 Locked Up to Liberated Throughout history men have dominated women in almost every culture that has ever existed. It has been no different in the United States, even in today’s modern world where rigid stereotypes of gender roles are prevalent resulting in males dominating their partners. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the topic of male dominance is very present. John controls his wife through his complete isolation treatment for her depression, but his plan to make her healthy does not go as expected. As he keeps her isolated, a theme of imprisonment emerges and through this theme the speaker’s perspective of her domineering husband evolves switching their roles from dominant husband to dominant wife. The first impression of John in the text shows one way that he is dominant over the speaker. The speaker exposes to the reader, “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that” (Gilman 244). The woman speaker says that her husband is amused by her and that she anticipates this, illustrating a very unhealthy marriage. This passage evinces that the woman is submissive to her domineering husband because she allows him to laugh at her with no objection. Another passage in the text relays this message of submission. The speaker writes, “You see, he does not believe I am sick! And what can one do?” (244).This excerpt further illustrates her submissiveness as she feels that she cannot do anything if her husband disagrees with her. By stating, “what can one do” she
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Crowder reveals that not only can she do anything to escape her husband’s control, but that no one
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