In my opinion, the woman behind the wallpaper is imagined by the narrator and mirrors the narrator's own thoughts about being confined in a room with barred windows. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” suggests that the woman behind the wallpaper parallels the narrator’s struggle with her expected role in a male dominated society, which is expressed in this passage. The narrator uses the wallpaper to represent the society she lives in. Not only does the wallpaper affect the narrator, but also it has an effect on everyone that comes in contact with it. The behavior of the woman behind the wallpaper also
mirrors the narrator's behavior. There for she too is also behind bars. Another parallel between the actions of the narrator and the woman behind the wallpaper is reflected when the narrator looks out the window and sees "her in that long shaded lane, creeping up and down. I see her in those dark grape arbors, creeping around the garden. I see her on that long road under the trees, creeping along, and when a carriage comes she hides under the blackberry vines. I don't blame her a bit. It must be very humiliating to be caught creeping by daylight”: (Gilman) The narrator is expressing her own humiliation in having to sneak around.
She imagines a woman trapped behind
the wallpaper, just as she is trapped in the room and in her mind. The wallpaper, and the barrier it poses to the woman behind it, as imagined by the narrator, mirror the narrator's own thoughts about being confined in a room with barred windows. "At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars! The outside pattern, I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be" (Gilman 646). The heroine is also behind bars. "I am getting angry . . . but the bars are too strong . . . "(Gilman 649). The behavior of the woman behind the wallpaper mirrors the narrator's behavior. "By daylight she is subdued, quiet. I...
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