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Repression In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a journal that a woman has written in secret from her husband as she is in a room isolated by herself. She secretly writes the journal to express her feelings. The woman, Jane, is sick, and her husband prescribes her a rest cure to recover. He forbids her from doing anything, which includes writing. The isolation and repression of her life are made clear through the setting of the story, her husband John, and the thoughts and writing of her journal.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born on July 3, 1860, in Hartford, Connecticut. She published her best-known short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" in 1892” (“Charlotte Perkins”). She suffered many years of severe depression, which led her to be under the care of a doctor of her husband’s choice. In an interview she states, her doctor "sent [her]
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Always alone and left in the room, she imagined a figure in the wallpaper from her insanity. With nothing to do, she focuses on the wallpaper in the room she is locked in, and it leads her to become insane. She believes she is the only one that will ever be able to see “behind that outside pattern” as “the dim shapes get clearer every day,” and she sees “a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern” (Gilman 313-14). Jane is drawn further into her fantasy, and it shows the truth of her life. Jane feels like her and the woman in the wallpaper are the same person because neither can escape. After being closed off from the world for so long, her condition becomes worse. With the mental illness consuming her thoughts, she wants to release the woman. “I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper, as I did” (Gilman 320)? Jane cannot free herself until she releases the woman from the wallpaper because they are the same woman. She realizes that she is in a prison, and she is free now that she has ripped off the
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