Suppression of Women
Throughout history, women have been looked down upon by society. Many of these women attempt to liberate themselves from different forms of suppression. This unfair and cruel practice inevitably led to the emergence of many works that expressed the emotions of these victims. Women were tired of feeling inferior, civil rights activists began to emerge, and the desire for freedom became increasingly realistic. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charolette Gilman, “The Lottery” and “The Mourning of June 28, 1948” by Shirley Jackson, as well as “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, are personal memoirs and short stories that reflect the overall theme of the shallow lives women were forced to live, as well as the attempt to free oneself from the political, social, and economic boundaries created by a relentless society.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a symbolic representation of how society misunderstands and ignores women’s emotions. The main character of this story, claimed to be simply “depressed” by her stubborn husband, is not empathized with the entire story. She is instructed to throw away her intellectual life and avoid any people that can cause excitement. Her husband, who believes he knows what is best for her, puts her into a yellow room that causes his wife to sink into an even deeper state of depression. This room eventually engulfs her emotions and overwhelms her to the point where she breaks out into a rage. During her emotional escapade, she rips off all the wallpaper. Her husband thinks she his a lunatic–not somebody who is just simply unloved. The result, she gets locked up in the room, and all that is left is the furniture nailed to the floor. Her ripping down the wallpaper was too much freedom, her life is now just like the nailed furniture; unable to move freely, whether it is in the room or in society.
“The Lottery” and “The Mourning of June 28, 1948" are profoun...