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Oppression And Repression In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator's oppression and repression are strictly based on gender role and marriage. As we can see the women in the story are meant to find fulfillment in the home, but her physician husband has trapped her in her room all day and all night and give her a little opportunity to contact with the outside world. It shows disrespect for women in marriage. Maybe if her physician husband understands her more, she might get better. By using perspective, setting and irony Gilman paints a picture of how many women are imprisoned by masculine authorities also a realistic picture of the problem in human societies, gender role ...view middle of the document...

The narrator states,"If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression-a slight hysterical tendency-what is one to do?" (Gilman 297). This shows that she realizes and has feeling that she is sick, but her husband, a person who is supposed to trust and believe in her, does not believe and confident in her at all. He is pretending to her as her normal, but that produces her more crazy. The second part shows that even though she reveals to him and the others that she is sick, nobody will believe her opinion. They will believe John's opinion more than her opinion and making her opinion seem weaker than John's. "I sometimes fancy that in my condition, if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus—but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad" (Gilman 297). It is clear that John has his power over her, not only her condition, but also her decision to not think about her condition. She cannot say anything even her condition. Even though she says and declares everything about her condition, nobody will believe her.

In the text of "The Yellow Wallpaper," it is shown that when the women think that they are under control from the men, they usually prevent the minority of the women from self-expressing themselves in any way. The narrator states,"I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes I am sure I never used to be so sensitive. I think it is due to this nervous condition" (Gilman 298). She says it is because of her condition that is why she gets unreasonably angry with her husband, but a few paragraphs later, "There comes John, and I must put this away,--he hates to have me write a word" (Gilman 298). This shows that she cannot have John see her writing because she fear and get afraid what John will do something to her. Her husband "John" takes many simple,...

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