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Gaining Freedom The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman is a sad story of the repression that women face in the days of late 1800s as well as being representative of the turmoils that women face today Gilman writes The Yellow Wallpaper from her own personal experiences of having to face the overwhelming fact that this is a male dominated society and how women suffer because of it The narrator being female is suffering from a temporary depression She states right from the beginning that John is a physician and perhaps I would not say it to a living soul of course but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind perhaps that is the one reason I do not get well faster The narrator sets up the story to convey a certain opinion of the repercussions a woman faces in the care of a man She obviously loves her husband and trusts him but has some underlying feeling that maybe his prescription of total bed rest is not working for her The story mentions that she has an older brother who is also a physician and concurs with her husbands theory thus leaving her no choice but to subject herself to this torment of being totally alone in his room with the yellow wallpaper She stares at this wallpaper for hours on end and thinks she sees a woman behind the paper I didnt realize for a long time what the thing was that showed behind that dim sub-pattern but now I am quite sure it is a woman She becomes obsessed with discovering what is behind that pattern and what it is doing The narrator with absolutely nothing else to do is reduced to staring endlessly at a pattern in wallpaper thus creating some image that she feels is necessary to find out Perhaps saving her own sanity Once the narrator determines that the image is in fact a woman
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