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The early 1900s were a time when women should have had more freedom to express themselves The idea of women being subordinate to men was condoned and that should not have been the case Ignoring this issue was a detrimental to women and it had a negative effect on them This negative effect declined their health rights and status The theme of overcoming the excessive hold on women is seen in throughout Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow WallpaperIn The Yellow Wallpaper the protagonist is introduced as the wife and sister of physicians One other detail that is given in the beginning of the story is the illness that is present in her life The husband and brother take it upon themselves to tell her what is going to be best for her and that is staying secluded Being alone for the most part and away from the world is the only thing that will cure her in their eyes This was contrary to what she thought The protagonists true feelings about the situation are expressed when she says Personally I believe that congenial work with excitement and change would do me some good But what is one to do Gilman 130 She wanted to be around her family and be able to go to work Finally she accepted the fact that it was never going to happen and she took her thoughts to her writing The journal entries throughout the story help show how the protagonist was oppressed and deprived The oppression really began when she and her husband moved into a new house The top room was hers and it was a big open space where a lot of fresh air could flow The total description of the room is chilling The windows were barred the bed was nailed down to the floor and the wallpaper was a horrendous shade of yellow The windows being barred and the bed being nailed down shows that
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