Yellow Wallpaper 5


In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman we enter a story that is a cry for freedom. This story is about a woman who fights for her right to express what she feels, and fights for her right to do what she wants to do. The narrator in this short story is a woman whose husband loves her very much, but oppresses her to the point where she cannot take it anymore. This story revolves around the main character, her oppressed life, and her search for freedom.
There are many male influences in this woman’s life and although they may mean no harm, they eventually push her over the edge. The main character’s husband, John, and her brother ...

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believe nothing is wrong, then nothing must be wrong. It is a feeling of self-satisfaction the men feel when they are superior to the woman.
The main character knows John loves her, but it is the oppression she feels that bothers her so. Her husband expresses his love for her but at the same time imposes his will on her. He hinders her from having our own thoughts. “..John is very careful and loving, and hardly let’s me stir without special direction….” The last few words of this quote show how John did not let her have any freedom because he was always there. John acts as if he knows what the main character feels at all the times. The main character had absolutely no freedom, for her husband would let nothing happen unless he was there to supervise. An example of this treatment is when she wanted to get out of the house and visit some cousins, but John insisted she really did not want to go. “Dear John! He loves me very dearly, and hates to have ...

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of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good to check the tendency.” The husband knows she has the ability to think for herself. He tells her she should use her “good sense” not to do use this ability. John is also aware of her imaginative power, and this is a power he does not like! If John gives in to this power then he loses all control over his wife.
The main character states many times her need for expressing her thoughts. “I don’t know why I should write this. I don’t want to. I don’t feel able. And I know John would think it absurd. But I must say what I feel and think in some way----it is a relief!” Gilman shows ...

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