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Oppression And Madness The Yellow Wallpaper written in 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a chilling story of one womans descent into madness It is also a disturbing but brilliant analysis of the extreme efforts of society at this time and in some ways today as well to oppress women in order to reflect the common role of women as a subordinate to men especially their husbands Through vivid imagery and strong sensory details Gilman enables the reader to better comprehend the profound symbolism that exists throughout the story In the story the narrator a writer is taken by her husband who is a physician to a summer home to recover from a nervous condition Her husband John tells her despite her desperation that there is no reason for how she feels and that she must stop having these ridiculous thoughts Although it does seem like he cares about his wife and wants her to get better his ignorance and condemnation of both her imaginative impulses and her writing do nothing to help her recovery Throughout Gilmans life The ideal woman was not only assigned a social role that locked her into her home but she was also expected to like it be cheerful and gay smiling and good humored Lane to Herland 109 As a result of this absurdity she tries to rest and do as she is told like a child but this just manages to exacerbate her suffering Because John doesnt believe that she is truly ill this makes her feel inadequate as well as furthering her fear that she is in fact losing her mind When John enforces the inactivity that pushes her deeper into her psychosis he virtually imprisons her
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