She becomes disobedient towards her husband one could link her change with the feminist theory because Edna wants to have an equal role as her husband. During that time it was normal for males to have affairs but if women had an affair it was degrading for her and her family. Leonce finds Edna detachment and disobedience as if Edna was sick and he calls a physician to check the unnatural behavior of his wife. Of course Leonce thinks there is something wrong with Edna because she is not acting as a proper women and wife. When Edna starts her
John abuses his powers by not trusting her and diagnosis her with “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency.” She does not question her husband’s decision making since her opinion seems weaker than his. The female gender suffers a loss of confidence when realizing the dominant level of the respectable male gender in one’s life. The narrator tries to confront John but “it is so hard to talk to John about my case, because he is so wise.” This quotation shows how scared she is of her own husband and she does not want to upset him. The powerful dominant gender role her husband plays over his ill wife causes her to suffer complete loss of confidence, where she dares not speak to him for the rest of the night. The confrontation displayed between John lessons the narrators self worth and ma... ... middle of paper ... ...ship is doomed.
The Yellow Wallpaper Although on the surface The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a story about one woman’s struggles with sanity it is not. In truth, it is a story about the dominant/submissive relationship between an oppressive husband and his submissive wife. The husband, John, pushes his wife’s depression to a point quite close to insanity. The narrator seems to destroy herself through her overactive imagination and her urge to write. When they arrive she seems well in control of her faculties, but by the time they are readying for departure, she has broken down.
Women were sort of in an “imprisonment” controlled by all men. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Jane, the main character, is a woman suffering from postpartum. Jane’s husband is a Physician who thinks there is nothing wrong with her and because of the time period Jane could not get through to her husband that there really was something wrong with her. “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage” (Gilman). John was putting a mental strain on Jane by isolating her and thinking that there is nothing wrong with her.
Gilman was an inspirational western feminist that shared her experience of depression and nervousness through her short story The Yellow Wallpaper. Women in this story are portrayed as a minority gender. For example Jane isn’t allowed think for her self, move without her husbands permission, or even have a say in her treatment. Her husband John is a physician of high standing in society that is looked highly upon. For this reason, John feels that he has the right to imprison his wife and brainwash her into thinking that she really is... ... middle of paper ... ...y, which eventually leads to her thriving for independence from men authority.
Gilman does a great job showing how women suffered from inadequate medical treatment, but above that she depicts how nineteenth century women were trapped in their roles in society and yearned to escape from being controlled by males. The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” knows she is sick, but the men in her life do not think she is seriously ill. Her husband, John, and her brother are both physicians of high standing, so she does not know what to do when they diagnose her as being perfectly healthy. Even though she does not agree with their remedies she has no say over them. She admits with discomfort, “So I take phosphates or phosphites-whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and airs, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to “work” until I am well again”(Gilman 956).
“The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of a woman who is trapped in a room covered in yellow wallpaper. The story is one that is perplexing in that the narrator is arguably both the protagonist as well as the antagonist. In the story, the woman, who is the main character, struggles with herself indirectly which results in her descent into madness. The main conflicts transpires between the narrator and her husband John who uses his power as a highly recognize male physician to control his wife by placing limitations on her, forcing her to behave as a sick woman. Hence he forced himself as the superior in their marriage and relationship being the sole decision make.
Keeping house and upholding the perfect family image was their main requirement. To be anything less was embarrassing to their husbands, so to have any type of illness was unacceptable. She felt helpless and a burden so she thought “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friend and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression-- a slight hysterical tendency -- what is one to do?”. Depression was not diagnosed back in the 1800s. Women were mostly diagnosed with hysteria or loss of menstruation.
In this reading, you can see how Gilman is struggling to defend her argument on the reason male and female gender role has such a negative effect. The woman is being overwhelming by her emotions because it’s like her husband the one who supposed to care for her is taking her as a joke. She says her husband” “hates to have [her] write a word” (5)—and wallpapering her room (6). John is afraid for his wife to write only because he feels this will rekindle her thoughts of being a mother and wife again. Like before women aren’t the ones that will be the stronghold.
They were expected to be good daughters, good wives, and good mothers. A woman was expected to move from the protection of her father's roof to the protection of her husband. Edna didn't fit this mold, and that eventually leads her husband to send for a doctor. It is here that Edna Pontellier says words that define The Awakening, "I don't want anything but my own way. That is wanting a good deal, of course, when you have to trample upon the lives, the hearts, the prejudices of others - but no matter_" As the book begins, Edna is a married woman who seems vaguely satisfied with her life.