Explain feminism and clarify how Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing," and Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" are literary representations of feminism....
Explain feminism and clarify how Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing," and Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" are literary representations of feminism. Mention, at minimum, two detailed examples from each of the two writings that demonstrate the feminist style. Pertaining to these writings, how do race and class obscure the "womanist" effort or journey?
Feminism is a movement which involves the idea that women are equal to men and should be given the same freedoms, respect, and opportunities.
Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" concerns a woman who is confined to a room to rest after she is diagnosed by her physician husband as having a "nervous depression." She is not allowed to work or write or do anything that will supposedly worsen her condition. The irony is that her lack of freedom and oppressive lifestyle are the source of her struggles. For example, she states that her husband's treatment of her is kind but ultimately confining:
He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction.
This represents the idea that women of the time were not given the freedom to choose their lifestyles and that their behavior was often controlled by the men in their lives.
As the narrator in this story is kept confined to her room most of the day, she begins to imagine that a woman is trapped behind bars in the wallpaper. This...
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