Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper is a short fictional story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman written in the late 19th century to exemplify how women were considered vulnerable for being a weak gender as it was always a male-dominant society for centuries. Also, how societal perception restricted them to the four walls of domestic life and the changes face by women of that time because of it. The sad part is, it’s still the same in Middle Eastern countries especially Pakistan.

 

This story is about a couple who moves to a rental house much bigger than their actual house, so the wife could cope up with her depression problem. Throughout the story, the wife narrates her experience of some yellow wallpaper in the room clipped to her bed, that takes all of her attention. Her stay in the house and her condition starts to circle around the mystery of a woman behind the vague patterns of the yellow wallpaper.

 

The time for rental comes to an end but the narrator’s curiosity remains. The wife starts to tear off the wallpaper so she could release her from it, and so does that woman in the wallpaper. In a while, she realizes that there are many creeping women around and she is one of them. She herself is the woman from the wallpaper, the one that was trapped like all other women.

 

The Yellow Wallpaper, tried to illustrate the lives of women of that time who were caged in the perceived boundaries of being a weak gender with no freedom of expression. Their lives were dictated and their needs were mostly neglected. Not just in society but in the family and marriage as well. These confinements were strong enough to make women fall in the depths of devastation and instability.

 

Kaarvan’s journey has witnessed numerous cases of women still tackling the same problems. Every second women that we have met so far, either whispers the agonies in private or sob and remains quiet. However, Kaarvan is committed to strive for equality, and to be a root of this difficult change from orthodox perceptions with their parallel realities and EQUALITY. We believe, One day women of Pakistan will be no different than the women in Western countries in terms of socio-economic rights, equality and freedom.

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