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HISsecond essay - History 151(Second essay Rye Sup Hong The Yellow Wallpaper Critique of Woman's Position in Society Taking place in what the

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History 151(Second essay) Rye Sup Hong 05/07/2009 “The Yellow Wallpaper" Critique of Woman's Position in Society Taking place in what the narrator describes as the "haunted house," the short novel, "The Yellow Wallpaper," written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, tells a story of an insane woman who suffers from a "nervous depression." This so-called the "haunted house" is an abandoned mansion that the narrator and her husband move into in order to cure her psychological disease. The narrator's husband, John, who is a doctor, claims that his wife should be left in a nursery room decorated in a hideous yellow wallpaper in order to be cured from her sickness; however, rather than being cured, the narrator suffers even more from her "nervous depression," and starts seeing things in the wallpaper. This dark story of the depressing life of a 'sick' woman may at first be portrayed as a horror story, but the more it is analyzed, it is interesting to see the hidden message in Gilman's story of women's lives in the nineteenth century. During the nineteenth century, women suffered discrimination from men. Women were never granted to have the same status as men and suffered from inequalities. Women were not allowed to work and even express their thoughts and opinions. They were only expected to stay at home and take care of the house chores. It was an obvious and an accepted fact that women were not granted the right to vote and were merely treated as men's
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2010 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Googguy during the Spring '08 term at Bunker Hill.

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HISsecond essay - History 151(Second essay Rye Sup Hong The Yellow Wallpaper Critique of Woman's Position in Society Taking place in what the

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