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The Yellow Wallpaper- A Descriptive Descent Into Madness in the Nineteenth CenturyWomen in literature have often been portrayed as submissive to men Literature of the nineteenth century often characterized women as oppressed by society as well as by the male influences in their lives Dock 52 Charlotte Perkins Gilmans short story The Yellow Wallpaper presents a descriptive journalisticclinical account of a womans gradual descent into madness at the hands of her domineering husband Bak 39Gilman once wrote Womens subordination will only end when women lead the struggle for their own autonomy thereby freeing man as well as themselves because man suffers from the distortions that come from dominance just as women are scarred by the subjugation imposed upon them qdt in Gardarowski 2 The Yellow Wallpaper brilliantly illustrates this philosophy The narrators declining mental health is reflected through the characteristics of the house she is trapped in and her husband while trying to protect her is actually destroying herThe narrator of the story goes with her doctorhusband to stay in a colonial mansion for the summer The house is supposed to be a place where she can recover from severe postpartum depression She loves her baby but because of her depression she is not able to take care of him It is fortunate Mary is so good with the baby Such a dear boy And yet I cannot be with him it makes me so nervous Gilman The Yellow 107 From the outset the reader is given a sense of the domineering tendencies from the narrators husband John Dock 61 The narrator tells the reader 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 one reason I do not get well faster Gilman The Yellow 105 It is painfully obvious that she feels trapped and unable to express her fears to her
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