The Independence of Women, The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Independence of Women "The Yellow Wallpaper," written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a story of a woman, her psychological difficulties, and her husband's so called therapeutic treatment of her ailments during the late 1800s. The story begins with a young woman and her husband traveling to the country for the summer to help heal the young woman's psychological condition. Upon reading thins intense description of an almost prison like prescription for overcoming "temporary nervous …

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…the wallpaper, the yellow wallpaper, and the final passage of the story symbolize the societal outlook on women during the late 1800s. Men controlled their wives and women were not to be free of mind. Gilman adequately utilizes these symbols to portray this social deviance. The end of the story predicates itself on portraying the ultimate theme clearly. Women can only gain their independence by refusing to be submissive and by exercising their own minds.