Write a rhetorical analysis essay based on the novel The Yellow Wallpaper

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Rhetoric of Literature About Gender

Length: 1500-1800 words, typed, double-spaced, and presented in MLA format.

A minimum of two (2) secondary sources, not including the primary text being analyzed, must be used to develop the essay. A works cited page with source annotations will be required as part of the final draft.

You may need secondary sources as well, like texts from other novels or literary work related to topics of feminism or gender inequality.

Thesis statement should include an arguable claim. You should choose specific rhetorical strategies and/or genre conventions to connect to specific aspects of the novel's rhetorical situation--particularly audience and/or context.

Each body paragraph should start with a specific claim and then provide evidences from texts to support it. Then analyze the relationship between rhetors, writers, and audiences based on your evidences and claim.

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At the beginning of The Yellow Wallpaper, it is not actually clear whether or not the protagonist is insane. Like many symptoms (classified as illness) thought to be specific to women of the era, the symptom she is said to experience — "hysterical tendencies," is something of a restatement of a perceived, undesirable quality. The yellow wallpaper serves as a catalyst for her descent, but the reader can't be sure if her feelings toward it are a symptom of her mental state, or the cause of it.

What messages about mental illness and marriage does the story convey? Take a closer look at the language of illness of this era: how does the story engage with this rhetoric? What does the plot suggest about the way the writer has responded to the "rest cures" commonly prescribed by psychiatrists of the era? How does Gilman linguistically model the protagonist's descent into madness? What does the protagonist know about her state, and what does she believe will help her? What messages does the text have for each of Gilman's audiences?

Specific emotions that readers experience at specific moments in the story (how is a word, an image, a plot twist intended to make us feel?)

Reader's identification with a character or situation (how is the reader invited to imagine themselves in the story and to what purpose?)

Reader's agreement/disagreement with specific values, principles, or other ideas (how is the reader invited to judge the characters and their actions?)

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The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper is about a woman who has a mental illness after being confined to
a bedroom in the attic by her husband during a vacation, who is also her doctor, for the sake of
her mental health. Her husband does not allow her to do anything, much less write, which she
does nonetheless, hence her husband's displeasure with her and locking her up in the attic. She
hates the color of the wallpaper and wishes to change it, but her husband is against that idea on
account of preserving her mental health (Gilman, 2014). Slowly, she becomes obsessed with the
wallpaper which she finds not only ugly but also menacing.
The author uses this book to bring to people's focus on the importance of women's mental
health and their role in society. The author explained that the lack of women's independence had
negative and adverse effects on their mental health. She also points out that is affects their
physical well-being and emotional growth. The author uses it as a call to people's attention to the
complexity and legitimacy of mental health complications in women and the need for treatment
and benefit of therapies and to overcome sexist treatment. The narrator explains the author's
experience during the time she was treated by Dr. Mitchell with what she terms as "rest cure"
(Gilman, 2016). This treatment includes no physical activity, hobbies or mental simulation
which in direct contrast with the author's need to get well and instead drives her deeper into
madness to the point of no return. The story shows that mental illness is as multifaceted as the
person it assails as shown by the complexity of the protagonist's life (Gilman, 2016). The story
explores the negative manner in which mental illness is perceived in society and the misguided
propaganda that perpetuated these misconceptions. This story was instrumental in perpetuating
for better treatment and diagnosis of mental illnesses among women by acknowledging and
realizing that there are other factors stemming from mental illnesses.

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