Gender Roles and Social Class

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Jenna Canam
Dr. Rhoda Zuk
ENGL 1170
2 February 2016

Gender Roles and Social Class in “The Yellow Wall-Paper” and “Revelation”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-Paper” illustrates the hardships that woman suffered during this time period, physically and mentally. John is the perfect example of what a dominating spouse is like, a man who is in complete control over his wife. “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage” (Gilman 3). John laughs at his Wife’s ideas and thoughts, he never took what she had to say in a serious matter. It is clear by Jane’s statement that this is what what was expected in society during that time period.

The authors views on feminism are shown through both the dialogue and thoughts of Jane. Jane’s need to express her thinking breaks through some social barriers during this time period, “I did write for a while in spite of them” (Gilman 3). Jane feels depressed when she is unable to express her thoughts through writing, as writing was the only way she felt free of those thoughts. She feels tired of hiding from her husband and society, but Jane also feels societies pressure to remain under the care of her husband. “He takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more” (Gilman 4). Even though John has eliminated all control from Jane’s hands, making her feel like a prisoner, she feels societies pressure to worship him and agree with his way of thinking of being in complete control.

When Jane had reached madness she took on control of her own thoughts, Johns leader role of a protective husband became reversed. John suddenly became much like a woman in his reaction when seeing Jane in her state of madness. “Now why should that man have fainted?”. (Gilman 19). After viewing his wife in a state of delirium, this caused him to faint. This is one of the stereotypes that are…...

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