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The relationship between the sick woman and society is that the sick woman is seen as secondary to the men in society. This is seen throughout the work. The narrator is suffering from post-partum depression and the woman's husband is telling her that she needs rest in order to recover. He also orders her not do anything and refers to her almost as if she is a child. This reflects the societal belief that men are in charge and that the only role a woman should have is as a wife and mother.
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