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There are many opposing opinions on the identity of Jane in Charlotte Perkins Gilmans short story The Yellow Wallpaper The narrator of the story is never referred to by name throughout the entire work however a questionable statement made by the narrator at the end of the story leads many to believe her name is Jane Because the story does not specifically profess the narrator to be Jane controversy has risen about Janes identity There are many reasons to believe the narrator to be Jane and reject the assumption of a mere typoA common misconception of the identity of Jane is that she is actually Jennie the sister-in-law and housekeeper In Johnsons study he refers to Johns like-named sister and housekeeper 523 as Jane instead of Jennie However Charlotte Perkins Gilman may disagree with Johnson because in her own story she refers to this woman as Jennie twelve times and not Jane once The passage that comes into question on this issue is when the narrator retorts to her husband Ive got out at last in spite of you and Jane 172 Also in the story the narrator talks about how nice Jennie is to her saying Jennie is good and lets me alone when I want her to 164 Jennie was not the one in the way of the narrator freeing herself She has her own self to blame for thatThe narrator is the victim of 19th centurys suppression and mistreatment of women as inferior beings Elaine Hedges describes greatly the state of this womanBut in her mad-sane way she has seen the situation of women for what it is She has wanted to strangle the woman behind the papertie her with a rope For that woman the tragic product of her society is of course the narrators self By rejecting that woman she might free the other imprisoned woman within herself 19By understanding this it is more likely that Gilman meant for Jane
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