By the end of the story she actually thinks she is the woman who had been trapped in the wallpaper and has finally escaped from it. In Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator seems trapped both mentally and physically. Her husband, John, keeping her away from others because of her nervous condition is one cause of her feeling trapped
In everyday day life we go through changes and sometimes we even break down to the point we do not know what to do with ourselves, but in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story” The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator is an obsessive person. The story focuses on a woman who is going through postpartum depression and has had a nervous breakdown. Her husband John moves her into a home where he wants her to rest in isolation to recover from her disorder. Throughout her time in the room the narrator discovers new things and finally understands life. The narrator is trying to get better from her illness but her husband “He laughs at me so about this wallpaper” (515).
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.
It does weigh on me so not to do my duty in any way I meant to be such a help to John, such a real rest and comfort, and here I am a comparative burden already!” (Gilman 2). In this insight into the narrator’s mind one can see how she bases her self worth in what her husband thinks of her and since she believes that all she is to him is a burden, then she has no validation of her self worth through anyone but him. Restate Thesis- In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman the use of the Narrator’s conflict throughout the story causes her to have a mental breakdown brought upon by the narrator’s conflict with the environment she is in, the conflict with her husband, and the conflict within herself. The narrator’s conflict with her environment, her husband, and within herself brings upon her mental breakdown. If people would look past their own desires and opinions of others then people might be able to truly help others, instead of harming them by confining them to the box people put them
“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.
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
To start off, first, the narrator thinks that the house her and her husband John are renting for the next three months is haunted or it wouldn’t be as cheap as it is for being such a beautiful place. Another thing is that she unhappy in her marriage. Her husband doesn’t listen to her, tells her she’s wrong and laughs at her. She is feeling very unwell and all he says is she has temporary nervous depression and only tells her to stay in bed and do nothing. The way she describes things is very bleak, dark, depressing.
Mentally Trapped “If by ‘happy’ you mean trapped with no means of escape… then yes, I’m happy,” a quote by a feminist group called Anne Taintor Kitchen, a serious of scenes explaining a housewife’s insanity inside the home. The nineteenth century was an era where a wife had one job to please her husband and obey, the same applied to the narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper who had to obey her doctor husband on her treatment of postpartum depression. Throughout the story of The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Gilman, the narrator’s submission of her husband, inactivity in the world, and obsession with the wallpaper leads to her confinement inside the wallpaper. The wife, in The Yellow Wallpaper, is married to John a physician who has diagnosed her
The narrator has recently had a child and is suffering from post-partum depression. When her husband moves her to a new home for the summer, he thinks it is best to keep her alone in an upstairs room for the sake of h... ... middle of paper ... ... woman suppressed by her doctor husband. We can all learn something from “The Yellow Wallpaper” – it always gets worse before it gets better, but once at the bottom, there is only one way to go – up. It is always worth fighting for your rights as a human being. Works Cited Cangialosi, Kristin E. ""The Yellow Wallpaper"" Plot Summary.
Consequently, the characters rebelled against social conventions, with Edna of The Awakening exploring her identity and sexuality, and the narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper using her intellect to make a startling discovery of the woman behind the wallpaper. The social and domestic constraints of motherhood had detrimental mental and physical effects on the characters in these stories, and when they refused to conform to the limitations, this failure led to their crippling mental and physical breakdowns. In The Yellow Wallpaper, the narrator suffered from a nervous depression after giving birth to her first child. Her husband was a doctor who confined her to a nursery room and prescribed her total rest. She was denied any strenuous activity and he forbids her to do any work until she was well.