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Is the sex of the reader/character epistomologically significant in "The Yellow...

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bbmafulela | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 16, 2010 at 5:51 AM via web

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Is the sex of the reader/character epistomologically significant in "The Yellow Wallpaper"? I need assistance formulating a good thesis statement.

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litelle209 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 17, 2010 at 3:01 AM (Answer #1)

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I edited the question as I understood its meaning. The answer is yes, the sex of the reader/character can be of importance. "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a story that has quite often been used by feminists to illustrate the collapsing of fact and fiction. Below is a link to my answer explaining how Gilman used the story to argue for a different approach to depression or mental health for women. The story is very gender specific and based a particular view of a female nature. Since it is directly related to Gilman's experience as a women it may speak to different audiences differently ( this is not to say however that men should not read it or lack the capacity to understand it, quite to the contrary).

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