insanity, The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, feminism, short story
Women have often been cast as mentally unstable throughout history. It is assumed that since they are the "weaker sex," they are psychologically inept. However, many times they act irrationally because they are filling a role in which society has already placed them, not because they are insane. Author Charlotte Perkins Gilman illustrates this in her short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, as readers can watch narrator go insane after being told time after time that she already is. Some people are born mad, some achieve madness, but women have madness thrust upon them.
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Dana, Shelby L., "Always the Feminine Fool" (2016). Student Works. 151.
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