Patriarchal Subjugation in Victorian Marriage in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

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Patriarchal Subjugation in Victorian Marriage in “The Yellow Wallpaper”
This literary study will analyze the problem of patriarchal subjugation in Victorian marriage in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The female narrator of this story expresses frustration and anger at her husband’s belittling of her desire to leave the home. Victorian patriarchal norms disallowed women from leaving the home, subjugating their role as a domestic servant. John, the husband, is a domineering and controlling physician that refuses to allow her wife any liberties outside of the home and he often diagnoses her with a “resting cure” to ease this desire for freedom. In essence, the problem of patriarchal subjugation in Victorian marriage will...
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.....mes a domestic servant to her husband due his controlling patriarchal views of women not being able to work outside of the home. By using these examples, the theme of patriarchal subjugation of women in the household is defined through the confinement of traditional values that forbid women’s freedom. Gilman uses the yellow wallpaper as a symbol of the imprisonment of many Victorian wives that endured the same madness and ill-begotten medical advice that restricted them from the same public opportunities that were given to men in this historical period.
Works Cited:
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. “The Yellow Wallpaper.” 2011. City University of New York. June 30, 2011. <http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/wallpaper.html>