Have you ever been trapped inside your own mind? Unable to choose to fight the thoughts or to give up? Whether it’s a minor or major thing, we have all been there. It is very hard to fight, especially when you are alone and someone else is putting pressure on you or is the cause for the entrapment. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman the narrator is a woman who is denied freedom by her husband, John, due to postpartum depression. The husband believes that limiting her freedom will allow her to heal faster.
The narrator’s husband keeps her in a big nursery, with barred windows, a bed bolted to the floor with ugly, faded, unclean and torn yellow wallpaper. She is newlywed and mother, she is unable to see her newborn because…show more content… For example, when they recently moved in to the summer home they are staying at throughout the story, she suggested to her husband what room she’d like, she said “I don't like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs that opened on the piazza and had roses all over the window, and such pretty old-fashioned chintz hangings! but John would not hear of it.” The narrator knows what she wants but she doesn’t want to tell her husband because she knows he will not understand because he thinks that isolation is what’s best for her condition but it is what is making her worse. She is now stuck in the nursery, taking medication every hour of the day, unable to see her own child and even unable to write in her personal journal although it is what makes her feel better. The narrator is unable to break free from her husband, she has gotten used to the fact that whatever her husband says must be right therefore, now she is not able to express herself.
In conclusion, in The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman shows us how oppression can affect someone. When women are in such situations it can lead to depression just like in the story. The story is told in the first person which allows you to get into character, you can see the frustrating from the character’s