I would like to first state that personally I love to read, and listen to clips or movies that focus on the relationship beween men and women in diverse eras. I find these to be very intruiging because they are subtle. This women is clearly depicted as someone who is out of her mind. She listens and feels things that are not there. Yet in that era women really felt things that were not there. There feelings were ignored by men, and the way they were dehumanized by men was always justified by “men knowig what is always best for women.” Trophy wives were the norm. Women were only objects that determined the social influence her husband had. What is surprising is that women were put “in there place” by other women just like them. In this clip her sister in law named Jane, also treated her as if she were insane. Ironically the only insane one was Jane because she internalized those feelings of inferiority to the point where she put other women down as well. Women were haunted by their own thoughts. Could they run away from this society? It was IMPOSSIBLE. You were born into it and you could not get out. Sometimes I look around in our own society and I think that women are equal just like every men out there, but could this really be true? or have we been dehumanized through other subtle ways that are emphasized by women today? Maybe the inequality that does exist today just haunts us so much we choose to ignore it. I think that the women in this clip came to realize who she really was in society and that is what haunted her. The Yellow wallpaper symbolized society as a whole. He was a doctor and he felt in control; this society has power and also controls every one of our actions even if we are OBLIVIOUS to that reality.
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