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.
She goes on to say that her husband,” hates to have [her] write a word” and hurriedly tries to hide away her notebook (Gilman ___). This Guevara 2 quote displays the woman’s incoherence to her own submissive condition in her marriage, since she is not allowed to write... ... middle of paper ... ...e end of this short story, the narrator has freed herself from the constraints of her marriage, society, and even freed her own mind. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator of the story undergoes a variable amount of changes in order to free herself from the chains of society. Her journey ranges from being honest and compliant to the patterns of domestic, marital status to becoming a woman who frees herself from the suppressive expectations of a woman in society. Her insanity displays a paradox, as she becomes saner by the end of her transformation, causing her to free herself from her repressed mind, and marital expectations.
Her days are spent bedridden after an unknown trauma forces her husband to prescribe “rest cures” as the antidote. During this time period, women were dehumanized to an object that was to be seen and not heard. Resistance during this era was futile, so whatever a man deemed worthy of a woman’s doing, she permitted to do so. “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assure friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendency- what one to do?” (Gilman 126) Although nothing is specifically identified in the story, this woman is suffering from post-partum depression and delirium. There is no baby to be found in the story, so one may assume a miscarriage or a stillborn death.
But in decoding its (or her) meaning, what she has succeeded in doing is discovering the symbolization of her own untenable and unacceptable reality (Kolodny).” In John Steinbeck’s, “ The Chrysanthemums,” women also take the lower position when compared to men. Written in the late 1930’s women were forced heavily into domestic roles and didn’t experience equality in the workforce. According to Kari Meyers Skredsvig, “Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" very clearly presents a setting in which "it's a man's world" and "a woman's place is in the home," as folk wisdom instructs us (Skredsvig)” Elisa’s husband Henry does all the duties of the ranch and Elisa does the domestic chores. Regardless of her intellectual abilities, Elisa will never play a role or be told about the ranch from a business perspective, no matter how many times she tries
In the Yellow Wallpaper, she is somewhat forced to repress her disorder in a way that isn't quite normal. I believe the marriage that she and her husband once had ended a long time ago. After she tried to relieve her pain through writing, she couldn't for the sake of her condition. I think it was only right to ensure she was taken care of the right way with proper treatment and created other possible solutions to relieve unnecessary problems that could cause great harm to her health. In No Name Woman, Kingston’s aunt was treated with the utmost disrespect from her community and family.
Guy de Maupassant was another author in the late nineteenth century who addressed the lack of roles for women in society. Maupassant’s “The Necklace” is a story about Mathilde Loisel’s desire to change her economic status, ultimately causing her and her husband to spend over ten years in crippling poverty. Both of the authors of “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Necklace” addressed what life for women was like in the mid-to-late nineteenth century and how these women lived in a time where there most important job was caring for their children and maintaining their households; they exemplified the time period were women lived subordinately to men and desired to do
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.
Women were sort of in an “imprisonment” controlled by all men. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Jane, the main character, is a woman suffering from postpartum. Jane’s husband is a Physician who thinks there is nothing wrong with her and because of the time period Jane could not get through to her husband that there really was something wrong with her. “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage” (Gilman). John was putting a mental strain on Jane by isolating her and thinking that there is nothing wrong with her.
She wants to be in her own stated of mind again, but her husband is going to take her physician fro nervous disorder if she doesn’t get better “John says if I don’t pick up faster he shall send me to Weir Mitchell in the fall” (511). She wishes to be cure but her fears to John don’t allow her to have a confrontation with him. She is very afraid of him and as a consequence, she keeps focusing in the wall paper as a way of escaping from that life that she has. “The Gilded six-bits” is a story of love, infidelity, and pardon. Joe has a modest but cheerful home.