Madness or Suicide? Is That Feminism?
I've debated about whether I feel "Wallpaper" is a feminist piece of writing or not. The protagonist comes to no great end, much like the protagonist in "The Awakening." Madness or suicide, I still believe each of the characters contributed something to the awakening of the feminist spirit. When "Wallpaper" was written, women were still struggling heavily with societal acceptance of a woman with a career versus a housewife. I think Gilman demonstrates the impact of societal constraints and issues a plea for women to look at themselves and discover what they need in life versus what is expected of them.