Sunday, January 26, 2014

Similar but Different: Yellow Wallpaper

n “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman portrays the main character’s insanity as a way to protest the medical and professional oppression against women at the time. While under the impression that husbands and male doctors were acting with their best interests in mind, women were being depicted as mentally weak and fragile. At the time, Women’s rights advocates believed that the outbreak of women being diagnosed as mentally ill was the manifestation of their setbacks regarding the roles they were allowed to play in a male-dominated society. Women were even discouraged from writing, because their writing would ultimately create an identity, and become a form of defiance for them. Charlotte Perkins Gilman realized that writing became one of the only forms of existence for women at a time where they had very few rights. more here and  here...

The Sleeping Beauty' wallpaper first produced in 1879 and designed by the illustrator Walter Crane. Throughout the 19th century there was an increased emphasis on the importance of family life and for the first time areas of wealthy homes began to be set aside for the care of children. These rooms came to be known as nurseries and required furnishings suitable for their young occupants. Wallpaper designs included illustrations from children's literature and educational subjects such as animal species and plant varieties. 'The Sleeping Beauty' range of wallpaper was promoted as being washable and free from all traces of arsenic (a common component of green dyes).