He does so by convincing her that solitude and constant bed rest is the best way to cure her problem. She is not allowed to write or do anything that would require thinking. The woman is restricted to a room where she slowly begins to go insane. Atrocious yellow wallpaper covers this room and it aids in her insanity. The woman is writing the story to express her insane thoughts against her husband's will.
Under her husband’s care, she undergoes a treatment called “rest cure” prescribed by her doctor, Dr. Weir Mitchell. It includes bed rest, no emotional or physical stimulus, and limited access to people. However, due to isolation, the woman creates a delusional relationship with the yellow wallpaper in her bedroom. It’s patterns stand for everything that is going on in her current life. She is a lonely woman who yearns to escape the walls around her and be free.
The Feminist View of the Yellow Wallpaper The yellow wallpaper is a story about John and his wife who he keeps locked up due to her "nervous condition" of anxiety. John diagnoses her as sick and has his own remedy to cure her. His remedy s to keep her inside and deterring her from almost all activities. She is not allowed to write, make decisions on her own, or interact with the outside world. John claims that her condition is improving but she knows that it is not.
The narrator identifies that she is the trapped woman. The “woman” she had envisioned trapped behind the wallpaper, was her all along trying to escape from depression. During the last event of the story, she says, “I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder. ‘I’ve got out at last’ said I ‘in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!’” (482).
During this time, the rest cure was prescribed to anyone who seemed only a little out of the ordinary. Many mental issues that we know are real today were denied and were simply thrown into one category. This category was just that something was wrong and sending them away would help the issue. When she was able to be released from her room at the end of her rest cure she had completely lost it because of the idleness and the solitary confinement. She imagined herself as someone who was locked in a prison and when she was finally able to come out, the personality that she had developed fully took over her
Subsequently, Jane discovers the woman behind the wallpaper, who only she can see. This woman symbolizes herself in that she is stuck with her mental illness and confined to her home, just as the "woman" is confined to the wallpaper. She writes, "So I told him that I really was not gaining here, and that I wished he would take me away." (Gilman 9); she feels trapped in the house just as the woman does behind the wallpaper, and begins to feel as if she is that woman. So when she finally eliminates the yellow wallpaper, she (as the trapped woman or hallucination) feels like she has been released and has a new freedom from John and Jane (herself).
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s powerful story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, is about a woman who was driven to madness by her depression and controlling husband. The story is told by the wife, in first person, and is based on Gilman’s own life experience. Gilman suffered from post-partum depression after her daughter was born and was prescribed the “resting cure” which is resting and isolation. In the story, the narrator’s husband puts her in isolation because he believes that will cure her of her depression and breakdowns. He won’t let her do anything, so she turns to writing in her secret journal to try and cure her depression.
This resembles and shows imagery of the woman and her life. This story is much more than a woman that is insane and is ignored by her husband. She wants to escape her depression, and the woman she imagines trapped behind the wallpaper is only an image of herself. The struc... ... middle of paper ... .... Her husband disregards her and leaves her in the room alone to heal her depression without being able to experience what she is going through.
In her, Why I Wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman, goes into depth about her experience with the rest cure invented by, Weir Mitchell. Gilman claims she, “…went home and obeyed [the treatment] for some three months, and [she] came so near the border line of utter mental ruin…” (258). With this being said Gilman, writes her short story to aid women in similar situations and even to prevent women from falling into the same demise. Our main character, Jane moves into an ancestral hall for the summer under the care of her physician who is also her husband. Jane is diagnosed with “…temporary nervous depression [and] a slight hysterical tendency…” (Gilman 648) although she realizes there is more to her illness than temporary nervous, her husband time after time ignores her wishes claiming to know best for her.
Throughout the story, her practitioner and husband neglects and isolates her constantly. Throughout the story, many other characters go to great lengths to make sure that she is kept isolated, prolonging her psychosis. The final destruction of the dreaded yellow wallpaper is a clear indicator of her true self peeking through during her time of need. Through many different instances of symbolism and analysis, one can procure that through being isolated, this woman had spiraled into a psychosis that helped to identify with her true, more radical personality, thus ridding herself of the pain that is the yellow wallpaper. The Yellow Wallpaper uses the idea of isolation from family and society to help create a sense of true identity that the narrator wants to desperately to be