It’s not a secret that women struggled to have equal rights with men. That’s why the feminist movement lasts until this time, and women succeeded to prove that they can be as good as men in different life spheres. Think about their social activity and efforts, as this is what allowed them to change opinions and achieve excellent results. However, women were in a completely different situation only a few centuries ago.
In the 19th century, women were supposed to be born only for getting married, and they didn’t have any choice. For example, many marriages were contracted based on the financial perspectives of future families. Sometimes, they were good bargains, and men had a chance to choose, while women had no right to say anything. They didn’t have many other rights so that they needed to submit to men.
Pay attention to The Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Gilman, and its plot revolves around a woman who is a typical representative of the female society of that time. Gilman represents the vital and important problems of human relationships, especially the ones between spouses. You will read about a woman who lives under the constant and full control of her husband. The main character is also the narrator who wants to be free in her wishes and actions, but she is always oppressed by John.
She must remain unemotional and passive because her husband likes to make decisions and it’s quite convenient to him. John is a woman’s doctor so that it’s easier for him to control his spouse. No active work and rest cure seems to be the most effective treatment for her, but it only depresses her so that she starts hiding her ideas and feelings from John. That’s why the main character decides to start writing a special journal where she will express her inner feelings because no one seems to be interested in her. Finally, she starts understanding her real position and the idea that she can’t do anything.
This means that the journal doesn’t help her to eliminate oppressive ideas about her husband and sad life. It’s no wonder her mental condition become worse and she is more reversed and passive, while her spouse decides that it’s a good reaction to his treatment. She spends a lot of time in a former child nursery that becomes a true prison for her. Yellow bars on windows and wallpaper only worsen the entire situation, and this wallpaper becomes her object of insanity. This woman gradually goes mad in this room.
It’s not a secret that women struggled to have equal rights with men. That’s why the feminist movement lasts until this time, and women succeeded to prove that they can be as good as men in different life spheres. Think about their social activity and efforts, as this is what allowed them to change opinions and achieve excellent results.