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Bibliographic Essay on The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins GilmanRuth Carol Berkins Self-Images Childhood and Adolescence discusses how the effect of major symbolic elements of women in literature are often portrayed in a position that is dominated by men especially in the nineteenth century women were repressed and controlled by their husbands as well as other male influences In The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Berkin believes the narrator is oppressed and represents the major theme of the effect of oppression of women in society Berkin relays how this effect is created by the use of complex symbols such as the window the house and the wall-paper which all promote her oppression as well as her self expression One distinctive part of the house that symbolizes not only her potential but also her trapped feeling is the window Berkin believes in traditional literature this would symbolize a prospect of possibilities but now it becomes a view to a world she may not want to take part inThe Story and Its Writer An Introduction to Short Fiction by Ann Charters addresses how the character in The Yellow Wallpaper sees all that she could be and everything that she could have But she says near the end I dont like to look out of the windows even - there are so many of those creeping women and they creep so fast Charters writes that the character knows that she has to hide and lie low that she would have to creep in order to be accepted in society and she does not want to see all the other women who have to do the same because she realizes they are a reflection of herself She expresses how women have to move without being seen in society The window does not represent a gateway for the character She can not enter what she can see outside of the window literally because John will not let her there
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