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In the story The Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Jane who is the narrator tells a story that is an account of her own life and bout with mental illness John her husband who is a doctor suppresses her by controlling her maternal instincts and daily activities The views of women by the medical community and society in general also contributes to the condition that she is in Her analysis of the wallpaper that surrounds her room is representational a of her feelings and the condition that she is in This story is representational of the suffering and repression that many women felt during the early nineteenth century by their families and community Jane is suppressed by the actions of John in not letting her act out her motherly duties to her family Traditionally the mans duty is in the workplace to support his family and the womans is in the home to support her family Jane and John have a small son who Jane is not allowed to take care of In this case Jane is not allowed to support her family by the elimination of her maternal role John has ended that need by hiring Mary to fulfill that role Jane falls victim to the urges of the an desires of her maternal instincts Her depression is greatened by not being able to mother her child The comment that she makes that the windows of her bedroom were barred for Little Children shows how her motherly duties have been suppressed by her illness and also by John John controls Jane by keeping her from the normal daily duties of a housewife He has hired his sister Jennie to keep up the house and to take care of Jane while he is at work I believe that congenial work with excitement and change would do me good Jane says in the first part of the story He
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