The Narrator is treated like a child, believed that she can not care for herself, being that “…he takes all care from me” (The Yellow Wall-Paper 75). John also is ignorant as to how The Narrator actually feels and assumes her feelings, for “John does not know how much I suffer” (The Yellow Wall-Paper 76). The Narrator is oppressed by males and society, “But I must say what I feel…” (The Yellow Wall-Paper 80). John also gives The Narrator degrading names, like “…little girl?” (The Yellow Wall-Paper 81). John makes The Narrator feel insignificant in the real world, putting her down and treating her like a child. This is symbolic of almost all marriages at the time.
Eventually, isolation causes The Narrator to become mentally unstable. Without being able to express herself or have someone close to her, her depression consumes her mind and clouds her thinking. She “…had peeled off yards of that paper” (The Yellow Wall-Paper 86). The wallpaper represents the prison and hell that society created for woman. It “...is repellant, almost revolting; a smoldering unclean yellow, strangely faded-by the slow-turning sunlight” (The Yellow Wall-Paper 76). Sunlight is the society that has always existed and the fading is the rights and oppression of women. This is how it represents society. It represents hell because it is “a... [continues]
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