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TURNED HOW DOES GILMAN CONEY THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN 19TH CENTURY BOSTON? In this short story 'Turned' Gilman conveys the status of women in 19th century Boston. Women in Boston were classed in terms of their social status

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TURNED HOW DOES GILMAN CONEY THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN 19TH CENTURY BOSTON? In this short story 'Turned' Gilman conveys the status of women in 19th century Boston. Women in Boston were classed in terms of their social status and this story shows us this class distinction. The content of this story is basically a love triangle which involves a Swedish maid 'Gerta Peterson' and a rich and wealthy couple the 'Marroners'. As she was born as an illegitimate child herself, Gilman stars this story by a dramatic opening by describing the women's bedrooms. By conveying a detailed description Charlotte Perkins Gilman describes Mrs. Marroner's bedroom as a, 'soft-carpeted, thick curtained and richly furnished chamber'. Whereas she describes Gerta's bedroom as a, 'uncarpeted thin curtained and poorly furnished chamber'. What is Gilman trying to show about their social status? Gilman is simply showing that the rich women are more respected than poor women and also the rich have got the valuable things whereas the poor are just being used to work for the rich. This shows that Mrs. Marroner is a rich woman whereas Gerta is a poor woman. In Boston all women try to look for rich husbands so that they could have a good life just like Mrs. Marroner. Mrs. Marroner is a married woman in her thirties. ...read more.

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When she looked over the others there was one letter for Gerta but it wasn't from Sweden which struck Mrs. Marroner a little bit odd. As soon as Mrs. Marroner read her letter it started as, 'My poor child'. Gilman creates a lot of tension and confusion between the reader and the story itself because they are both married and how can Mr. Marroner call his wife a child is she is his wife? It also leaves the reader asking himself questions. After she read the letter Gilman describes the letter as 'typewritten', 'unsigned' and includes an 'American bill -fifty dollars'. The letter was unsigned so that Mrs. Marroner could find out that it was her husband as a she would have found out through the signature. The same applies so the money because he would have putt a cheque instead of money, and on a cheque you have to include a signature. Therefore Mr. Marroner cleverly hides his identity. The story gets more interesting and confusing. After Gerta had arrived from her walk outside Mrs. Marroner asked her to read her letter. As she turned with 'frightened eyes' upon Mrs. Marroner looking afraid to read, it began 'my dear wife' and she stopped and said to Mrs. Marroner that it was her letter. Now we know what's going on the 'letters are mixed up' and it is from the same person Mr. ...read more.

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Marroner has done this 'unbelievable horror' it makes the reader think that he still loves his wife because after 'months' he 'hired private detectives' and when anyone asked him about his wife he would say that she has gone 'abroad for health'. He just couldn't bear to tell anybody the truth. He even wouldn't want to end up in the 'newspapers' as he is a 'big business man'. As he hired the detectives they fond the location of where his wife was living. When he went to meet her he found out that she had changed to her 'maiden' name, 'Marion'. And there she was holding her baby as a 'bulwark' and 'Marion' turned and said to him, 'what have you to say to us?' Gilman leaves an open ending which the reader could think about what is going to happen and I as the reader think that she might take him back because she had the guts to talk to her husband after cheating on her. Also shows that Gerta is are protecting her baby for not seeing the future dad as he will be known as a CHEAT. But if I was in 'Marion's' position I would just chase him out of the house and not even talk to him. Gilman clever uses certain techniques that make the reader very interested. Theses techniques such as, flash backs creates a dramatic impact on the reader as it keeps them thinking on what is going to happen next. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gurminder Singh Jandu ...read more.

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