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In The Yellow Wallpaper the wallpaper represents societys oppression of women The pattern on the wallpaper represents to the narrator and to the reader the male-dominated society that is depriving the narrator of her freedom At night in any kind of light in twilight candlelight lamplight and worst of all by moonlight it becomes bars she says and the woman behind it is as plain as can be 624 For the narrator on a personal level the pattern on the wallpaper represents the actions of her husband to keep her locked in the room and idle While these people are attempting to aid the narrator they are in effect imprisoning her in the room Gilman represents this imprisonment symbolically through the use of the womans image behind the pattern in the wallpaper which she describes as bars The narrator feels that these bars imprison the woman and choke off her life To the narrator this is seen through the image of broken necks lolling as if they were at the end of a hangmans noose The narrator thinks that if she is choked off long enough that she too will end up with a broken neck like the women in the pattern As it turns out she isnt wrong but her broken neck turns out to be a broken mind The wallpaper magnifies the problems the narrator is experiencing The pattern in the wallpaper is not just an innocent pattern for a childrens room as it is first introduced to the reader but rather it has a mind-numbing quality that readily attracts the projections of the unbalanced mind
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