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Trapped Females in The Yellow WallpaperWomen in literature are often portrayed in a position that is dominated by men especially in the nineteenth century Women were repressed and controlled by their husbands as well as other male influences In The Yellow Wallpaper the narrator is oppressed and represents the major theme of the effect of oppression of women in society This effect is created by the use of complex symbols such as the window the house and the wallpaper which all promote her oppression as well as her self-expression One distinctive part of the house that symbolizes not only her potential but also her trapped feeling is the window In literature traditionally this would symbolize a prospect of possibilities but now it becomes a view to a world she may not want to take part in Through this she sees all that she could be and everything that she could have but she says near the end I dont like to look out of the windows even there are so many of those creeping women and they creep so fast 171 She knows that she has to hide and lie low that she would have to creep in order to be accepted in society and she does not want to see all the other women who have to do the same because she realizes they are a reflection of herself She expresses how women have to move without being seen in society The window does not represent a gateway for her She can not enter what she can see outside of the window literally because John will not let her there are bars holding her in but also because that world will not belong to her she will be oppressed like all other women She will be controlled and be forced to suffocate her self-expression The only prospects of possibilities that this window shows are all negative It shows a world in where she will
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