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Nicole Lavery Mrs. FieldsEnglish 110228 January 2016The Limited LifeIn the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” the extremely depressed narrator tells her storyof being a suppressed house wife during the 1800’s. The short story demonstrates extreme male dominance and inequality for women in marriage, which was commonly displayed during this time period, frequently leading women to become depressed and insane. The reader can determine the woman in this story is patronized into the ways of the nineteenth century because she cannot stand up for herself in fear of seeming disloyal to her husband. Thus, she retreats into a fantasy in which she is able to exercise the power of her own mind and control her own thoughts. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, demonstrates the theme and role of feminism by showing how the female protagonist experiences madness as a result of her limited role in society and her limited ability to express her self verbally or even in her thoughts. In the “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator, John’s wife, becomes depressed and went even more mad because of her limited role in society. John’s job as a physician was held to such a high standard, he began to see his wife as a second class citizen. By viewing her in this manner,it causes him to suppress her by confining her to the room with yellow wallpaper. One of the firsttimes the female protagonist role is seen being taken away is when she mentions, “So I take phosphates or phosphites – whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to “work” until I am well again.” (Gilman 648) This early account shows the narrator’s dictated role in society because of her husband. John directly limits her Lavery1