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    Mental Illness and Misogyny in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

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    This is a 7 page paper that provides an overview of the societal and institutional repression of women represented in Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper". A proposal and annotated bibliography are included. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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    listed below. Citation styles constantly change, and these examples may not contain the most recent updates. Mental Illness and Misogyny in "The Yellow Wallpaper" ,  10/2010 --properly! Proposal I propose to draft a research paper on Gilmans "The Yellow Wallpaper". I have chosen this story  primarily because of its aesthetic interest to me, in that it features the unconventional appearance of a first person female narrator, coupled with intriguing hallucinatory passages that border on surrealism,  and a thematic overtone that challenges the repressive treatment of women at the institutional and domestic levels in 19th century society. The main thesis of the paper will be that  Gilmans intent in writing the story was to present the plight of the repressed woman in 19th century society. She achieves this in a number of ways. The first is  through the superficial indictment of prevailing psychiatric treatments for depression which only exacerbated the repressive treatment of women by removing them even further from the center of society. Another is  the use of surrealistic passages to suggest that the narrators case is not unique and that psychiatry was not the only vehicle of feminist repression during the time of the  story, but rather than dehumanizing conditions were actually the status quo for women, resulting in the total dissolution of meaningful individual identity, as symbolized by the narrators merging with the  shadowy nameless figure who appears behind the titular yellow wallpaper. Annotated Bibliography Gilman, Charlotte P. "The Yellow Wallpaper". Project Gutenberg. 1 Nov. 1999. Web. 28 Oct.  2010. This is a primary source and the short story that is the topic of the paper. Gilman tells the story of a wife who is confined to a lonely 

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