This quote shows the woman’s inconsistency with reality as she does not recognize that her husband had brought her to an asylum in order to “cure” her illness. Her husband explicitly explains to the woman that the place he is taking her only has “one window and not room for two beds” further displaying how he will isolate her from society and the family. Her unwillingness to realize her husbands intentions, displays her blindness to her own repression in her marriage. In addition, the woman explains how much she enjoys writing in order to explain her own thoughts and feelings because she is not allowed to say them out loud. She goes on to say that her husband,” hates to have [her] write a word” and hurriedly tries to hide away her notebook (Gilman ___).
She suffered from a severe postpartum depression case, yet her marriage depressed her too. The narrator was in a marriage whereby her husband dominated and treated her like a child. Her husband was the sole decision maker and since she lived in a society whereby women were never allowed to question their husband’s decisio... ... middle of paper ... ...he stopped being the protector and the only rational thinker in the family. In this short story, the men had power over women and they undermined them. The narrator insisted to her husband that she was sick, but he never took her serious instead, he confined her in an isolated place away from home and her child.
“The story examines one woman’s descent into madness due to inactivity.” She also states that it examines the struggles between marriage and career, social expectations and personal goals. The story is about a woman being trapped in her marriage, she’s trying free herself. The narrator ends up going insane because she’s forbidden to write the only thing she can do is rest. The struggle between marriage and career is that John is her husband and her doctor. During the story he’s trying to cure her depression and doesn’t act much like her husband as he does her doctor.
The Narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator becomes more depressed throughout the story because of the recommendation of isolation that was made to her. In this short story the narrator is detained in a lonesome, drab room in an attempt to free herself of a nervous disorder. The narrator’s husband, a physician, adheres to this belief and forces his wife into a treatment of solitude. Rather than heal the narrator of her psychological disorder, the treatment only contributes to its effects, driving her into a severe depression. Under the orders of her husband, the narrator is moved to a house far from society in the country, where in she is locked into an upstairs room.
The rest cure was the standard treatment during the nineteenth century, but with the completely isolation from everything “For many patients, this cure was worse than the condition itself.” (Kirszner and Madell,379), as for the narrator the isolation causes unstable mental thoughts about her surroundings. Her husband will not let her see her family, children, friends or even write. In the beginning the narrator feels that writing is what will make her feel better but to John’s disapproval she must keep it a secret. She explains that she wants to write in spite of him however, even the narrator sees that it exhausts her to be “… sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.” (380). Though writing may be good for her mind the secret keeping from her husband is creating an unhealthy situation.
She does not get to enjoy the freedom which she truly desires. Desperation took over her life which led to her own death. Lastly, in the story of “The Chrysanthemums”, Elisa realizes there is no future in her marriage, which makes her understand her life has become a miserable one. The frustration of this woman caused by her husband soon allows her to recognize no one will ever see her as a valuable and smart person. The absence of attention which men have towards their respective women in the stories mentioned above provoke them to not reach the happiness they wish.
Edna and the narrator were unable to pursue or didn’t have time for their artistic crafts because of societal and domestic constraints. The woman’s sole responsibility was domestic duties, but men failed to realize the overwhelming nature of such; quickly labeling women with a mental illness when she fell ill. It was all too demeaning to delve into the intellects of the woman who was viewed as: inadequate, inexperience, or incompetent. The characters’ feeling of solitude and perceptions of being outcasts of society were the stifling emotional issues that led Edna to death and the narrator to insanity.
She goes on to talk about her husband John, who is also her doctor, and how he doesn’t take her illness seriously, declaring it “but temporary depression - a slight hysterical tendency” (Gilman 648). Through this we are introduced to one of the biggest problems in the story, her husband not taking her and her mental illness seriously, assumes that she is ‘broken’ as a wife and as a mother and more or less keeps her locked up inside of the home, not allowing her to leave at all. Her activities are restricted to where the only thing that she can do is look out the window, at the wallpaper on the wall, or she can write in her journal. But even the journal is kept a secret as he husband does not approve of her
He does not allow her to exert herself physically or mentally, prevents her from seeing her friends and family and keeps her under intense scrutiny. While isolated in this room, she begins to go mad, believing that the wallpaper is somehow watching her, and eventually she believes she is a prisoner inside it. The narrator proves that her husband is oppressive when she reveals how afraid she is of him. She says, ?There comes John, and I must put this away?he hates to have me write a word? (Gillman 41).
The two short stories also expose how the oppression put on them by their husband leaves the women unfulfilled and unhappy with their lives. The desire of the husband to control the relationship is expressed in their disallowing of their wives to think or act for themselves. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator’s husband John, does not allow his wife to think on her own, rather he tells her what is the right and wrong. “John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition” (Gilman 11). John advises his wife to not think about her own medical condition at all because it would be detrimental for her mind.