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The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Apr 22, 2010

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's stories about women are sad at times, empowering at others.

The Yellow Wallpaper is a moving autobiographic journey through post-partum depression. The heroine is obsessed with the pattern and colour of the wallpaper of the rented house's bedroom where she spends the summer. Unable to fight her mental illness, her physician husband decided that it would be best for her to rest in order to improve her health. He is clearly underestimating his wife's illness, thinking it to be a sort of phase, and she feels guilty for not getting better because she's got a lovely husband who's trying hard to help her. The heroine's trust in her spouse is all the more heartbreaking that he does not take her seriously at all.

Three Thanksgivings, however, is the empowering story of a widow whose two children have left the home and started their own families. Refusing to marry an insistant man she does not love to be better-off financially, she decides to open her own women's club to make a good use off her big house. In doing so, she becomes successful, rich and live her own life without the financial assistance of a man. This short story is as inspiring as can be and demonstrates that women have the potential to be their own bosses if they wish to.
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