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Analysis Of The Yellow Wall-Paper

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Analysis of The Yellow Wall-paper
All people wish to be able to express their individuality in some way or form. In ‘The Yellow Wall-paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the main character, Jane, exemplifies how women were suppressed during the early 1900’s and unable to express themselves. Jane is acting out unlike most women were portrayed to do. She is told she can’t write because women can’t allow themselves to express their feelings and thoughts unless in a motherly or house-wife manner. Jane would write and enjoy writing, but her husband, John, would tell her that it doesn’t do her any good. She starts to act more mentally-ill once she realizes that will be her ticket to freedom. Jane, the narrator of the story, is repressed mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Jane is a mentally repressed individual. During this time period women aren’t allowed to express their thoughts and are taught to keep them to themselves. Jane would try and write to express her individuality, but her husband scorns her for doing so. He tells her, “that with [her] imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like [hers] is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that [she] ought to use [her] will and good sense to check the tendency”(1686). Even though John tells her not to write, she “know[s] John would think it absurd. But [she] must say what [she] feel[s] and think in some way” (1689).   Not only is she not able to express her thoughts by writing, but she has to also endure her imaginative thoughts on the wall-paper. She tells John that she wants to change the wall-paper, but he dismisses her concerns on the matter. He says that “after the wall-paper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on” (1686). Jane’s thoughts and concerns are not enough validation for anyone to care and change the settings to make her comfortable. Her mental repression leads her into...

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