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The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilmans story The Yellow Wallpaper is an account of a mentally disturbed woman and her husbands attempts to help her get well by convincing her that continual seclusion and constant bed rest is the only way to cure her psychological condition The woman is then confined to a room in which she slowly begins to go insane The Yellow Wallpaper is not so much a description of female insanity as it is a story that explores a females standing in society in the late 1800s During the time in which Gilmans piece was written women were not often prominent figures in society Men frequently dominated them and it was rare to find a very outspoken female willing to stand up for her own well-being This is the narrators main problem in the story She has never been told to advocate her own ideas and stand up for herself so it is no wonder that she naturally accepts what her husband tells her For example when he suggests that her nervous condition can be cured with excessive quantities of rest she accepts this and agrees to separate herself from others until she is well again Part of the issue deals with self-worth and the womans ineptness with self-esteem For instance at one point in the story the woman states Personally I disagree with their John and her brother ideas Personally I believe that congenial work with excitement and change would do me good But what is one to do The last sentence displays the womans constant inability to stick up for herself when she has ideas that differ from those of the influential males in her life When the narrator tells her husband that the room she is being restricted to is probably not the best choice considering the many other rooms in the estate he is quick to dismiss her fears and plead with her to act sanely Clearly
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