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In her short story The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman symbolically portrays womens treatment and confinement by men in the nineteenth century Gilman wrote the account more than one hundred years ago driven directly by her own personal experiences of having to face the male-dominated society she lived in The female narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper is suffering from a temporary nervous condition which is essentially depression Right in the beginning she states John her husband is a physician and perhaps - I would not say it to a living soul of course but this is a dead paper and a great relief to my mind - perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster The narrator sets up the story to convey a certain opinion of the repressions that a woman faces in the care of a man When the narrator tries to tell her husband how she feels he quickly hushes her and assures her that his prescription of rest is all she needs In disagreement she states I believe congenial work with excitement and change would do me good and attempts to convince her husband that the current treatment is not working Instead of helping her John cajoles her into silence and tells her to go to sleep His blatant dismissal of the womans opinion doesnt appear uncaring on his part in particular but simply a representative demonstration of societys view on women as a whole Throughout the story the narrator states her intentions but subsequently does not act upon them because of her husband She does not have any power or authority to do what she believes is best for her This is further shown when she speaks of her husband and her brother as being of high standing and when she describes Jennie her husbands sister as an enthusiastic housekeeper that hopes for no better profession both demonstrating the superiority of men over women in society There
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