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Trapped Without and Within The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman tells the story of a woman trapped in her own life Set in the 1800s a time when women and mens roles were strictly defined by society the woman reveals her true to desire to break free from the confines of her marriage and her life All the while she experiences an extreme sense of guilt and shame for her negative view of her life consciously repressing her innermost desires and joys Her feelings are revealed through her bizarre relationship with the wallpaper in her room in the house she and her husband are renting for the summer She develops an illogical perception of the wallpaper ugly though it may be symbolically putting her own views of herself onto it Eventually the woman loses all ability to distinguish reality from illusion and completely loses her mind Gilman suggests to the reader that by accepting the norms and roles of society and thus repressing ones true desires and feelings can only lead to a loss of identity and sanity This attitude is brought to light in the readers mind through observance of the womans increasing mental instability as she gives more and more life to the wallpaper each time she resumes writing At the beginning of her story the woman reveals much about herself and the life she lives She has a husband John who is a physician and seems to be more of a father than a companion It is also learned that she suffers from a problem with depression deemed a slight hysterical tendency by her husband and accepted by her 425 Her secret opinion that the reason why she is sick and cannot get better is because her husband does not believe she is sick gives the reader the first insight into the womans true self Almost ashamed to even think that it is her husbands inability to accept her illness the
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