what clue does the narrator's repeated lament, "what can one do?" give us about her personality? Describe other aspects of the woman's personality that are revealed in the opening of the story. What conflicting emotions is she having toward her husband
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The narrator really feels powerless in her situation. Her husband is a poster boy for the misogynistic society she must live under. Being a doctor, his "prescription" for her anxieties is a little rest and relaxation. For a woman that means being locked up in a room with ugly yellow wallpaper. The narrator tries to convince herself that her husband knows best and that she, a mere woman, is the product of irrational anxieties that (according to her husband) plague her gender. The narrator of course hates this mansion and the room like she, subconsciously, hates her marriage.