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The late eighteen-hundreds represented a period of oppression for women and their rights to individual freedom and happiness Women were expected to care for the home and the children and to obey the will of their husbands They were discouraged from particpating in the intelectual arena and were frowned upon if they expressed independant opinions or desires Charlotte Perkins Gilman experienced these things on a personal level and from her experiences with the feminist movement she developed an opinion about cultures repression of womens independence In her short story entitled The Yellow Wallpaper Gilman examines societys imprisonment of womens freedom and the stifuling of their expression We are introduced to the speaker as a woman who has been taken by her husband John to a large estate for rest from her condition John who is a physican has diagnosed his wife with a nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendancy p558 which by todays standards whould be related to a depressive disorder In the time period which the story is set the typical cure for such a condition was rest and removal from any sort of exciting stimuli such as writing reading or socializing Despite doctors orders the speaker feels that some excitement and change would make her feel better but is barred from doing so by him none the less For three months she is expected to rest up in the large mansion which according to her husband has been abandoned and involved in legal trouble As she describes the estate however we come to see that she has been lied to about its usage in the past The speaker is told by her husband that her bedroom is to be the room where an old nursury used to be Her discription of the metal bars on the windows and the bolted down bed however suggest it was a place where mental patients were kept She is especially horrified of the wallpaper and describes
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