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The Independence of Women The Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story of a woman her psychological difficulties and her husbands so called therapeutic treatment of her ailments during the late 1800s The story begins with a young woman and her husband traveling to the country for the summer to help heal the young womans psychological condition Upon reading thins intense description of an almost prison like prescription for overcoming temporary nervous depression the reader is permeated with the idea that men are the wardens in the lives of women Gilman shows throughout the story just how easily and effectively the man seemingly wields his dominance to control his wife Many symbols throughout the story portray the central theme of The Yellow Wallpaper The woman trapped inside the wallpaper the yellow wallpaper and the final passage of the story all serve as symbols to the central theme of male dominance and the societal oppression of women during this time period The narrator sets up the story to convey a certain opinion on the repercussions that a woman faces in the care of a man The wife loves her husband but she has an underlying feeling that maybe his prescription of total bed rest is not working for her The story mentions that she has an older brother who is also a physician and concurs with her husbands theory thus leaving her no choice but to subject herself to the torment of being alone in the room with the yellow wallpaper The young woman stares at this wallpaper for hours on end and thinks she sees a woman behind the paper I didnt realize for a long time what the thing was that showed behind that dim sub-pattern but now I am quite sure it is a woman 432 She becomes obsessed with discovering what is behind the pattern and what it is doing I dont want to leave now
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