Donovan: Behind every good man stands a better woman

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"Women in literature written by men are for the most part seen as Other, as objects, of interest only insofar as they serve or detract from the goals of the male protagonist" (Donovan 225).

I just have one concern in this quote.  I am not even going to begin to argue that this is not true, but is it not also true that men are placed in the same light when found in a story written by a woman?  Was not the main characters husband in "The Yellow Wallpaper" "...detract[ing] from the goals of the...protagonist"?   


Derek Tickle said:

JR - you quote is related to Jenna's blog entry about women and objects. Her link is:

I would have to agree with you when you say that the male in "The Yellow Wallpaper" was "detracting" from the narrator's goals. It is true because since he was her husband and a docotor, she seemed not to even question his decisions. Is this because she was afraid to confront his authority or was it because she was too sick to question him?

Good Quote!

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