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Charlotte Perkins Gilmans short story The Yellow Wallpaper is from her own personal experiences of having to face the overwhelming fact of a male dominated society Written in 1892 the narrator suffers from depression and is treated with isolation Because of this the narrator of this story is dominated by her husbands commanding restraints as she naturally attempts to seek freedom While confined in her room she begins to believe that there is a woman in the yellow wallpaper Through a series of images the narrator begins to see that the woman in the wallpaper and herself are one in the same When the narrator determines that the image is in fact a woman struggling to become free she immediately relates herself with the woman In the story she mentions that she often sees the woman creeping outside I see her in that long shaded lane creeping up and down I see her in those dark grape arbors creeping all around the garden I dont blame her a bit It must be very humiliating to be caught creeping by daylight I always lock the door when I creep by daylight I cant do it at night for I know John would suspect something at once 667 This shows the narrator seeing herself in the woman and when she sees the woman creeping outside she sees herself She sees the womans paranoia of being caught the same paranoia the narrator deals with everyday with her husband She continues to pursue this obsessive project of getting the woman out The narrator wants the woman to be free of the paper because she herself seeks the same freedom However at the same time the narrator also wants the woman to be free of the paper but does not want to let her go I dont want to go out and I dont want to have anybody come in till John comesI dont like
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