The story begins with two characters: the woman and her husband John. John’s occupation is a doctor while the woman is a stay at home wife.The woman explains early on how she is suffering from mental illness. According to her husband she has “temporary nervous depression.” In the beginning, the couple is not home; they are renting out a mansion while their house is being remodeled. The husband thinks that it is best if his wife stays in her room alone, in which she does not like. Automatically, this shows that she is limited and restricted in what she can and cannot do. This also demonstrates that this plot is taking place in a much older time because the woman is taking directions from her husband.
In the house, there is not much to do. There are no technology resources to be entertained with or distracted by. She has no one else to socialize with since her husband is always away working.
The woman only wants one thing to do in her past time and that is to write, but her loved ones gave her the idea that she should not be doing that. They told her that it is not good for her health and needs to rest. This is also another restriction the woman has. Her family, specifically her husband, does not want her to write because it is a form...
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... of change for the woman because she is doing something she is told not to do,
Ironically enough, the room that John assigned the woman in, is now trying to stop her from being there because of the way it is affecting her. Also, John was trying to keep the woman from thinking, but that was not something that could have been prevented. The woman is going mad, but this is actually a good thing. Through the madness, she want to help the woman escape from the paper. In reality, she is helping herself escape from the life she was assigned to.
The wallpaper represents tradition and the role women had They were to be oppressed, wives, obedient mothers. The woman in the wallpaper not only represents the woman in the story, but women in general. By the woman taking things into her own hands and taking apart the wallpaper she is rejecting society 's standards towards women.
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