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Belief Of Patriarchy In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Belief of patriarchy in The Yellow Wall Paper
The Yellow Wallpaper is told from the perspective of the protagonist, which shows how a slightly mentally disordered woman becomes a completely insane. Choices are reflected in three aspects of The Yellow Wall Paper: The husband chooses to limit the protagonist’s action by not letting the protagonist live downstairs and write articles. The protagonist chooses to follow her husband’s rules. The protagonist chooses to stare at and find images on the yellow wallpaper. All of these choices from The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman reflect the patriarchal belief of society in the latter half of 19th century.
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The protagonist generally begins to love gazing at the yellow wallpaper and imagining there is a woman creeping on it. These facts in the story show her husband limited her choices and action, which deeply reflect the belief of patriarchy. Aside from choosing to follow her husband’s rules, which reflects the belief of patriarchy, the protagonist choice of staring at and imaging on the yellow wallpaper also reflects the belief of patriarchy.
The protagonist chose to stare at the yellow wallpaper and imagine reflects the belief of patriarchy in that society. The protagonist is locked in the room and chooses to gaze at the yellow wallpaper. This action reflects that the protagonist still desires to think and act, nevertheless, her husband chains the protagonist mentally. It shows men’s negative treatment to women in that society. The protagonist would like to discover interesting images on the yellow wallpaper. Yet she used to be afraid of the yellow wallpaper, which shows the protagonist is getting insane. Her husband caused her insanity. It also reflects the women in that society having initial sanity, which...

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