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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 aliments during the late 1800s The story begins with a young woman and her husband traveling to the country for the summer and for the healing powers of being away from writing which just seems to worsen her condition Upon reading this intense description of an almost prison like prescription for overcoming temporary nervous depression the reader is permeated with the idea the men are nothing more than the wardens in the lives of women Gilman does well throughout the story to show with descriptive phrases just how easily and effectively the man seemingly wields his maleness to control the woman But with further interpretation and insight I believe Gilman succeeds in nothing more than showing the weakness of women of the day as active persons in their own as well as societys decision making processes instead of the strength of men as women dominating machines From the beginning of the story forward the narrator speaks of how her husband and other influential men in her life direct her so that she will recover quickly and I believe this to be the initial sign that the feminist perspective will be presented throughout The narrator shows how although she has a formed opinion and probably successful idea for her treatment she is still swayed by her husbands direction with the following passage I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus--but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition and I confess it always makes me feel bad Her husband seems to be the one who can change her thoughts because of his maleness or the fact that he is her husband Nonetheless a member of the opposing sex is still suppressing her With a
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