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"Much Madness is the Divinest Sense": Madness in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

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It was commonly reflected in the literature of 19th century that men assumed any stress in a woman's life was the direct result of her having acted outside of her domestic sphere . If a woman tried to partake in "male" activities, such as writing, or go beyond the norm, it was sure to have an ill effect on her, because she was designed to act solely as mother, wife and home-maker. C h arlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" shows the status of nineteenth-century woman within the society, her feelings of fragmentation and rebellion against her confinement and submission to laws established by and for men. This research tries to show that madness works in this story to reveal the oppressive control of gender on woman of the nineteenth-century. The woman, in an attempt to escape her confinement, may flee into madness. This use of madness appears to transform the negative construct of female insanity into a necessary affirmation of the female self, breaking the shackles of isolation and oppression that enslaved her.


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