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The Suffering of Women in The Yellow Wallpaper I think this story is represents the suffering of all women In the story the narrator is suppressed by her husband though he means well and by her brother Medical science also suppresses her because of its views on womens health in the Nineteenth century They keep her from doing the things she wants because they believe it is best for her to rest She disagrees I believe that congenial work with excitement and change would do me good p 801 On page 807 she tries to convince her husband that this treatment is not working but he does not listen and just tells her to go to sleep This just shows how she is not considered to know what is best even for her own mental health She does not even realize that this is happening She just says things like And what can one do or But what does one do Maybe the whole reason for her mental problems lies in the fact that she is trying to hold back the feeling that she is being discriminated It is considered improper for a woman to openly express discontent and anger She says at the bottom of p 801 that she gets unreasonably angry with John sometimes and she blames it on her nervous condition John tells her not to neglect proper self control So she is not allowed to express herself in speech nor in her writing which I think she used as a release I believe it is this inner-battle with doing what is considered proper and what she wants to do that slowly drives her crazy The wallpaper and the figure behind it is symbolic of womens suffrage She says the figure is like a woman stooping down and creeping about and shakes the pattern as if she wanted to get out p 806 The figure could also
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