Also, we see in the story how the narrator feels to this lack of empathy coming from her own husband. In page 649 she says, “John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.” John’s lack of empathy does not let him analyze and access what is going on in the mind of her wife. Instead, the narrator is suffering while John is walking around with the idea that there is no reason for her to suffer. Lastly, the narrator shares how she feels to the idea of wanting to tell John about the haunting wallpaper when she says, “I had no intention of telling him it was because of the wall-paper- he would make fun of me.
She is strong inside but doesn't tend to show that side of her as much as she would want to. She tends to play the peace-maker in her marriage and is always trying to understand Othello. Throughout the play she struggles to prove her loyalty and respect to her husband, no matter what it takes she tries to be a good wife. At the beginning of the play when Brabantio, confronts Othello and Desdemona about their relationship, she does not hesitate to defend her husband to her father, regardless of the consequences she faced. She is brought in by her father to the court to be questioned for her actions, she replies with utter respect to her father, but devotion to her husband".
While these attitudes, and the actions taken by the two doctors, seem to have certainly contributed to her breakdown, it seems that there is an underlying rebellious spirit in her. The narrator, speaking out against her husband states, “He says no one but myself can help me out of it, that I must use my will and self-control and not let any silly fancies run away with me.” This demonstrates how John is not treating his wife for anything. He simply doesn’t believe there is a problem. This is one of her major motivations for keeping a journal; she thinks it helps her because she is afraid to speak out against her husband. Every time she thinks about writing in the journal, she relates how tired it makes her.
The loving wife justifies his remarks although they are condescending. The inability to talk to her husband and the lack of justification of her feelings leads the narrator to feel as if she is not understood by her husband, “John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.”. (649
According to Charles Baker, “[Daisy] seems to be held in her marriage by sheer laziness, not love, as if remaining in a comfortable and familiar position, regardless of Tom’s brutish behavior and infidelities, is preferable to exerting the energy it would take to leave it” (Baker, C.). Tom does not give Daisy respect, but she stays with him because she knows he will take care of her financially. Daisy is careless about Tom and his promiscuous activities because Tom made this a common occurrence in Daisy’s everyday life. Daisy settles with her husband not because of her affection towards him, but because of her rank in society (Baker, C.). When Daisy communicates about her discrete thoughts and beliefs, Jordan, her best friend, can interpret her emotions through the way Daisy speaks and the way Daisy acts.
Due to this syndrome instead of her husband loving her, he tends to misguide her by loving her at a distance. Since her disorder is handle misunderstood by a physician, John who is her husband. He considers the best treatment will be the “rest cure.” At the time gender roles were a tad bit rigid. Silly to say that John, the physician is the person that people consider the serious person to go to. 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.
In this case, Catherine wishes to make Morris happy by following his wishes. Even though Dr. Sloper does not truly love Catherine and may blame her for the death of his wife and first-born son, he still has his own personal duty. He wants to see that Catherine marries a respectable man and he wants to make sure she is taken care of financially. When Morris is talking with Dr. Sl... ... middle of paper ... ...rds as often as Holden does, he wants to preserve the innocence of life. While reading, I counted over two-hundred instances of the word “goddam.” Yet, when Holden sees the words “fuck you” written in several areas of his sister Phoebe’s school, he attempts to remove each occurrence of the word.
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.
The two seem to have a solid relationship, as any husband and wife should, with the narrator stating, “He is very careful and loving” (Gilman), with John urging his wife to rest and gain strength so she could recover quickly. Despite this, one may argue that John doesn’t listen to his wife and therefore treats her poorly, seeing as how he wouldn’t let her do what she wanted like change rooms, visit family, or write. But, this is done for a reason, because as a physician, John truly felt that he was doing what was right for his wife, believing she only needed a restful break without any strenuous activity after concluding that there was nothing medically wrong with his wife, insisting it is only “temporary nervous depression” (Gilman). However, it’s not that John is a bad husband per se, for he genuinely cared for his wife, it’s just that he wasn’t giving her the proper help she deserved and failed to realize it. John’s treatment wasn’t want our narrator needed, as seen when she states, “Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good” (Gilman), and ultimately led to her increasing instability.
However, this ‘mental disorder’ is only a way that the narrator actively rebels against society and how patriarchy has restricted her into becoming a heap of insecure thoughts. In the introduction of the story the unnamed narrator describes her ‘illness’ and the ‘conditions’ she faces, however through the analysis of her writing she begins to reveal the oppression that she is forced to submit to. Much of the protagonist’s oppression comes from her husband, as he does not believe she is sick at all. Because she is timid and is subdued by her spouse she believes, like the rest of society, that a male’s qualifications can automatically make him right. The narrator tends to question her husband’s view, but then covers it up with his credentials in her private journal entries, “You see he does not believe I am sick!