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Societys Wallpaper The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an interpretation how women are oppressed by males in society Gilman attempts to reveal this oppression through her use of male imposed confinement One womans struggle with both mental and physical confinement represents the greater battles between women and men Confinement represents classic male oppression and the woman represents all women and their struggle to break free from male dominance The significance of the confinement is seen in both the vivid descriptions which symbolize the male dominance and the womans subsequent reaction to this incarceration The yellow wallpaper paints a distinct picture of confinement in both the physical and symbolic sense Physically the house itself serves to lead to feelings of isolation It represents the classic institution that part of society which attempts to constrain the individual The house is an isolated estate set back from the road outside of town It is surrounded by walls and a gate ensuring complete isolation Within the mansion the narrator is relegated to the attic shut in a nursery complete with rings and things in the walls and a bed nailed to the floor It is in this nursery that the narrator slowly slips into insanity Within the confines of this dungeon-like room the woman gradually is subjected to male oppression symbolic of that which occurs within society Symbolically the narrator being confined to the room by her husband is representative of the ideals in society at the time The 19th Century was a time in which males were afforded a dominance over women a time when women were nothing more than subservience By confining his wife to the nursery John exercised this dominance over his wife He exemplified the dominance men had over women the ability to ensure a womans dependence on a man through exerting the power provided to him merely based on sex Through his diagnosing her with a temporary nervous depression- a slight
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