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Reflecting their role in society women in the Victorian era are often portrayed in a position that is dominated by men In the nineteenth century women were controlled and maintain by their spouses and other influential men In The Yellow Wall-Paper the protagonist represents the effect of the oppression of women in the Victorian Society Using complex symbols like the house windows and wallpaper creates this effect which are used to show her oppression in society It is customary to find the symbol of the house as representing a safe place for a woman to have free domain and to feel comfortable in However in this story the house is not her own and she does not want to be in it She declares it is haunted and that there is something queer about it Although she recognizes the beauty of the house and especially what surrounds it she constantly goes back to her feeling that there is something strange about the house Her impression is like a foreshadowing of the transformation that takes place in her while she is there in the house In this way the house is still the cocoon for her transformation It does not take the form of traditional security for domestic activities of a woman but it does allow for the metamorphosis of her to happen The house and the room serve as a sort of prison that keeps her literally under lock and key This prison takes away from her freedom and civil liberties One specific characteristic of the house that symbolizes her potential but also her trapped feelings is the window Traditionally this symbol represents a view of possibilities but now it also becomes a view to what she does not want to see Through the window she sees all that she could be and everything that she could have been But she says near the end of the story I dont like to look
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