yellowwallpaper - Garcia 1 The Yellow Wallpaper and Womens Repression The Yellow Wallpaper is a story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and published

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Garcia The Yellow Wallpaper and Women´s Repression “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and published in 1892. It depicts a marriage where the husband is a doctor and diagnoses the wife with nervous depression. Afterwards, she is confined to an old mansion for three weeks where she can´t do any activity and has to rest as much as possible. She spends day in and day out in the same room in total confinement. After looking at the same walls for months and months, in the end she obsesses with the yellow wallpaper of the room where she sleeps and becomes psychotic. In the story, female repression is noted by the way the husband attempts the narrator´s individuality as a woman, a woman repressed by society, and how the story is a woman's attempt to bring to light the way they were treated. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the husband named John attempts to rob the narrator of her individuality as a woman. As Oakley says “I suppose the most profound message in 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is the one about how women's problems are constantly individualized: it is the individual woman who has the problem” (32), and as Ford says “Many details like the narrator’s lack of name argue against her individuality” (309). This attempt against her individuality is seen by the way her husband/doctor John doesn´t take into account what she thinks: “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. So I will let it alone and talk about the house.” (Gilman). Also is noted on how he doesn´t permit her to do thinks she likes; as writing: “There comes John, and I must put this away,—he hates to have me write a word.” (Gilman). On how she is taken away her son; “It is fortunate Mary is so good with the baby. Such a dear baby! (Gilman). John also doesn´t let her see the people 1
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