Temptations Of The Mind By Charlotte Perkins Gilman Essay

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Temptations of the Mind.
Can you imagine going through the changes of pregnancy and not being understood or have anyone to listen to you about the way you feel? Women in the 19th century were not fully understood, particularly after giving birth, and were in a sense ignored. During this time period women did not have a lot of say so in society so medically the way a woman’s body functioned was not yet explored. Many women in the 19th century use to be deprived and oppressed without society even realizing it. Charlotte Perkins Gilman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” uses symbolism to describe how the main character is oppressed through the room she stays in, the way she is treated by her husband, and the wallpaper in her room.
First, the author illustrates that the main character is oppressed through the room that she is forced to stay in. The room is symbolic in many ways. The room is located upstairs where the narrator is able to look over the garden. This represents her lust to go where ever she would like and do as she pleases. She often fantasies that she sees people walking through the paths of the gardens which shows she has a strong desire for human interaction. When the narrator is first describing the room she says “It was [a] nursery first, and then [a] playroom” (474). It’s ironic that her bedroom was previously a nursery because throughout her “nervous condition” (474) she is treated like a child. The narrator talks about the children who previously used the room as a…

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