the yellow wallpaper

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KV RAMA RAO

The Yellow Wallpaper- A Dynamic Symbol: A Study of Charlotte Perkins Oilman 's Story
[ 'The Yellow Wallpaper ' was originally published in the January 1892 issue of Afew
England Magazine. In 1973 the Feminist Press issued a reprint of the 1899 version. Both versions have become popular. The present study is based on the original text, contained in the Gilman MSS '].

As a short story 'The Yellow Wallpaper ' is multidimensional. A sensitive woman 's struggle for liberty and freedom becomes in the end a powerful symbol of the feminist struggle for individuality, recognition and equality.
"The story was wrenched out of Gilman 's own life, and is unique in the cannon of her works," says Elain Hedges (37). As a
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Without such choice, says Elain, the woman has been emotionally and intellectually violated. In fact, her husband instills guilt in her.
I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus - but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel badly" (39-40).

Yea, there 's the rub. The very worst thing a woman can do is to 'think ', to think about her condition. It makes her a rebel, doesn 't it?
So, the husband forbids her thinking. "He is very careful and loving", says the wife, "hardly lets me stir without special direction. I have a
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KV Rama Rao schedule prescription for each hour of the day..." One cannot miss the irony. At another place Charlotte pays another tribute to her husband:
John is practical in the extreme.
He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition, and he openly scoffs at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures.
John is a physician, and periiaps, -1 wouldn 't say it to a living soul of course, but this is dead paper, and a great relief of my ntind, - perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster.

Gilman 's style is uniformly laconic and suggestive, the above words suggest Oiarlotte 's estimate of her husband, how their temperaments are poles apart and how she is afraid of the people about her and of her mistrust of him. She

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