The Yellow Wallpaper

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Many female writers see men as oppressors. They say men may love but are steadfast in their wonton desire to oppress females. The Yellow Wallpaper is a story that shows a classical case of female oppression, which causes the protagonist to go insane. The primary character in the story, which happens to be the protagonist/narrator, writes the story in a journal type fashion. She is writing because she feels that her husband, a doctor named John, is very dominating and is crushing her own free will under the pretence that she is sick. He does this in three different ways. John first rents a house for the summer, which the protagonist is forced into going to against her free will. Then the protagonist is "locked" into a room where she feels extremely uncomfortable and does not receive the ability to be with he child. Finally due to the longstanding authoritarian situation that the protagonist is subjected to she becomes completely delusional and losses sanity.

At the beginning of the story the narrator tells how her husband John, concerned with his wife's health, wishes to bring her to an ancestral hall. The protagonist first shows substantial doubt in the house due to the fact that they got it so cheaply. "Still I will proudly declare that there is something queer about it. Else, why should it be let so cheaply? And why have stood so long untenanted?" When they move in John picks a room that the protagonist is uncomfortable in and wont let her have any say in the matter.

Then the narrator describes the room as "a big airy room" but then gets into the main feature of this room is it's yellow wallpaper. She says that the wallpaper is "One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing...



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