Through the Eye of a Feminist

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The man was engaged in active employment and provided for the family. The wife was expected to provide physical satisfaction to her husband, bear children, look after her husband and children and take care of all the household chores {Gilman wrote more directly on this subject in her book ‘Women and Economics’ [1898] (DiGrazia)}.
The first discriminatory societal norm was that women were not expected to voice their opinion. if they did, the content was dismissed as trivial and inconsequential. At the beginning of the story, the narrator gives her opinion about the summer vacation house to which her husband brought her. She admires its grandeur, romantically calling it “a colonial mansion” and even “a haunted house” (Gilman 729), wondering why it was untenanted for so long, and comes to the conclusion that something is not right about it. When she questions John as to why such an elegant property is rented so cheaply, he dismisses her remarks as trivia, not allowing her to indulge in self-expression (Voth).
While John’s overall aim is commendable {to treat his wife’s depression in the best way he knows}, his failing is the self-awarded overwhelming authority that makes him convinced his diagnosis is correct. This causes him to turn a blind eye to her views on the subject (Adrien). As an offshoot of this attitude, John does not take her seriously when she dares to voice her displeasure about the yellow wallpaper. On the contrary, he chides her by saying she is being paranoid about it. When she persists about her displeasure and requests him to repaper the room, he refuses, saying she was “letting it get the better” of her (Gilman 734) and “she should fight against it” (Adrien).
The second discriminatory societal norm was that husbands misjudged their wives.&nbsp.