women in the common air of being dominated by men. At the end she finally tears down the wallpaper when she feels that no one is stopping her anymore. It strikes me at perhaps it is the paper!" (Gilman 493) "Trapped in her own life by the pattern imposed by her husband, she 'escapes' through a series of rebellious acts." (D'Ammassa). Early on, when the narrator complains of the unsettling décor in her room, John "called her a blessed little goose" (Gilman 2 later, when she cannot sleep, he calls her a "little girl" (Gilman 5). "Gender in, the Yellow Wallpaper." McClinton-Temple, Jennifer. 2014 Perkins Gilman, Charlotte.
Her investigation of the wallpaper can be read as an investigation of her own mind, the complexity of which is ignored by the people around her. Seeing as the narrator remains nameless throughout the entire story shows just how sheltered and tucked away that her life. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006.
Especially during this time, women were oppressed not only by their husbands but also by any male figure. At the end of the story John faints after not being able to get in the room and stop the narrator from tearing down these walls, and after she unlocks the room for a final release, she steps over his lifeless body as though. They were expected to act like the narrators sister-in-law, Jennie, managing households and children while their husbands worked in professions and enjoyed relative freedom. Rather than see the husband and wife as equals, the story clearly places the wife in the role of inferior. The subtlety through which this oppression is enacted can be seen through the narrators relationships with both her husband, John, and also with Jennie. This story takes place in the late 1800s-early 1900s, and follows the narrator, a woman who is suffering from a mental illness (most commonly believed to be postpartum depression) and is under the care of her husband, who is a physician.