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Womens Identity and Independence in The Yellow Wallpaper Although The Yellow Wall-Paper is fiction it can be considered almost like Gilmans autobiography since Gilmans life seemed to parallel her main characters life What Gilman was trying to express in this work is womens fight for identity and independence professional work which are stripped from them by marriage and motherhood p799 In the story a woman who just gave birth had some complications which resulted in her so called hysteria or nervous condition Shes not allowed to do anything but stare at some yellow wall-paper until she ultimately loses her mind The narrator who will be referred to as Gilman for simplicitys sake is a writer who is unable to write due to her motherhood I did write for a while in spite of them but it does exhaust me a good deal- p801 It was this motherhood that brought her illness so she couldnt write This shows how just being a woman is difficult to have a career Her husband John always tried to keep her in her room without anything to do but recover from her illness Without anything to do especially her writing Gilman saw this as being held back from becoming her true self John is a physician and perhaps perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster p801 She had to be sneaky about writing or else John would find out -having to be so sly about it or else meet with heavy opposition p801 Because of this prison that she was in Gilman started to see images in the yellow wall-paper that she stared at day-in and day-out The images she saw were a woman and then women trapped behind the yellow wall-paper The woman behind shakes it Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind Then in the very bright spots she keeps still and the very shady spots she just
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