Thursday, May 30, 2019
John as Role Model for Husbands in The Yellow Wallpaper -- The Yellow W
Modern day feminists enjoy looking into the past to find examples of female oppression. This tactic is employed in the hopes of demonstrating that oppression of their sex by the evil male populous has been going on for decades. One such work that is cited by feminists to showcase just how awesome women were treated in the first part of the twentieth century is Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The icteric Wallpaper. Feminists are quick to point out that the principal(prenominal) character in this written report is driven down the path of insanity by her uncaring husband. It is of their opinion that fundament, the main characters husband, consistently neglects her by keeping her locked away upstairs. Other feminists argue that the main character was not actually insane, rather, she was pushed into a temporary state of delirium as a result of the state of confinement that her husband subjected her to. These same feminists impart say that Johns consistent misdiagnosis of his wifes condit ion smacks of incompetence. It is their theory that if the main character were a man during this same period of time, doctors would have treated the condition differently. In different words, men were not diagnosed with hysteria and bedridden for three months when they became depressed. As mentioned before, this is what some modern day feminists think. This is in stark contrast to the interpretation by us modern day realists. John was a good husband that cared deeply about his wifes condition. He is described at the beginning of the story as cosmos a physician in high standing (The Norton Anthology, p. 658). This description alone offers deep insight into what kind of treatment his wife was receiving. It is hard to imagine that any(prenominal) woman who is married to an extremely prominent doct... ...he would have taken that golden opportunity to flee the so-called dungeon that her husband had created for her. It can only be assumed that she enjoyed the prison that she created f or herself since she didnt flee at any moment of opportunity. In summary, John should be championed as a role model for all draw a bead on husbands. He consistently showed complete devotion and concern for his wife throughout the story. He did everything within his power to make sure that she would have an expedited recovery from her ailments. John bent over backwards to ensure that all of his wifes needs were taken care of. Leave it to modern day feminists to find harm in that. Bibliography Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. The Yellow Wallpaper. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Ed. Nina Baym. Fifth Edition, Volume 2. W.W. Norton & Company, New York. 1998. P. 657-69.