Thispost explores how Gilman demonstrates the idea that females are morehuman than women. The Gilman’s idea is connected to that of Dunbarwho shows that the African are more human than African. Beginningwith the story of Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the entire textis based on the woman who is sick, and she is denied the opportunityto work. This was after she was prescribed with “rest cure” thatrestricted here from tasks such as writing, thinking or writing(Gilman,2015).Gilman is successful in demonstrating how the speaker in the storytried to be more human than just a woman. From the story, it isevident that regardless of the effort of her husband to stop her fromwriting, she is still writing when his husband, John and is thesister who is a housekeeper are not around. She says “But I canwrite when she is out, and see her long way off from these windows”(Gilman, 2015, p. 407). The idea of being more human than woman againcomes out when the narrator says “I am too wise – but I keepwatch of it all the time” (Gilman, 2015, p. 410). This shows thatregardless of the restrictions from her husband the narrator canstill think of what is better for her.
Onthe other hand, Dunbar in his “Sympathy” was also successful indemonstrating how Africans are more human than just Africans. Forinstance, in Stanza 2, Line 8, Dunbar says “I know why caged birdbeats his wing” (Baym& Levine,2011, p. 204). The cage is used as a metaphor to demonstrate the pastslavery of black people. The beating of the wings shows that the birdis ready to fly and escape from the cage, which shows how blacks arewilling to fight for their rights. He also says “When he beats hisbars, and he would be free” (Baym& Levine,2011, p. 203). This indicates the preparation to move forwardregardless of the confinement of the African-American slavery in theUnited States. To sum up, Dunbar’ “Sympathy” successfully showshow blacks are more human than African. On the other hand, Gilmanstory “The Yellow Wallpaper” successfully demonstrates the wayfemale are more human than women.
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Gilman,C. P. (2015). Theyellow wall-paper.Penguin UK.