Throughout the story Gilman 's main character, the narrator, experiences a complete lack of mental stimulation. She is “forbidden to work”, and every time she writes, she has to do so in secret lest she be met with opposition from her husband or his relatives. When John 's sister comes to visit and she hears her coming up the stairs, she tucks the journal away until she can find a moment to write again. “I did write for a whi...
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...ctive imagination that provided her a sense of relief in childhood, eventually led to her breaking loose from reality. Finally, her arrogant and well-meaning husband refused to admit what was right in front of him, and though she begged for rescue, he was deaf to her cries. The most interesting part in all of this was that she was keenly aware of what was happening to her. She could feel her mind as it was beginning to warp. The only reason she ended up where she did was because she did not have the autonomy she needed to adjust her circumstances. In a different time, she could have packed up her bags and left. She could have gotten a second opinion on her condition. She could have called a decorator and replaced that wallpaper while her husband was a work. It is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission, at least when it comes to keeping yourself sane.
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