Women’s Freedom Through the Discourse In Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, she writes about a woman who suffers from temporary nervous depression as diagnosed by her overbearing husband, who is a doctor. The husband, John, is condescending towards his wife when she questions his diagnosis. Therefore, to get away from the confinement of not being able to speak for herself, the woman secretly writes in her journal as a sense of relief. The woman becomes fascinated and engrossed with the yellow wallpaper that hangs in her bedroom. She comes to the realization that a woman is trapped inside the wallpaper so she must tear it down to set the woman free.
In "The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, there is a dominant/submissive relationship that exists between an oppressive husband and his submissive wife. This oppressive husband leads his wife from a state of depression to a state of insanity and finally, to a state of isolation. Had the husband not been so oppressive upon his wife, he could have realized her problem and resolved it without tearing himself away from her. The woman does not become insane because of the wallpaper alone; rather, it is the strict guidelines her husband sets for her that prompt her eventual insanity and isolation. As the story begins, the woman -- whose name we never learn -- tells of her depression and how it is dismissed by her husband and brother.
“He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction” (520). John’s overbearing demeanor is viewed as careful and loving, and it is quite clear that the narrator is losing her own voice and identity. Justifying his behavior out of love he continues to belittle his wife until she loses all identity. It is the battle to regain her identity and to let her voice be heard that gives us our conflict between John and his wife. The Yellow Wallpaper is about the external conflict between an unnamed woman, trying to break free of her submissive role and find her voice in life, and her domineering husband who ... ... middle of paper ... ...eference to the characters apparent role in society and at home being beneath her husband.
He uses two types of women, one who is submissive to her husband, other one is rebellious but still depends on men to live her life and to be happy and the opposite Stanley who is an ignorant man. Dictation.com states that William uses Stella’s character to connect all the characters together. In the beginning of the story Stella’s character is calm and happy but after her sister blanche moves to their house problems arise. She is torn between her sister and her husband. she tries to make a balance between the two of them but as the story progresses she has to choose one.
Feminism and the Roles of Women in Their Family In the short stories “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Story of an Hour” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Kate Chopin, the authors illustrate the burden women have to carry during the Victorian time. During this period, men believe that their wives should not have the power to make their own decisions. Instead, men often treat their spouse as a child; therefore, they unintentionally take over their wives’ lives. The two authors have a similar feminist idea that women should control their own lives even while keeping family roles. The story of “The Yellow Wallpaper” describes that many women often endure mental stress when they follow their husbands’ advice.
Her craze for the wallpaper begins when she imagines a woman behind the bars, and eventually leads to her ripping the woman and the wallpaper off the walls completely, symbolizing her exit from oppression. The narrator’s eventual insanity was the result of the repression brought on by the patriarchic society and the suppression of her imaginative power. The authoritative voices of her husband and other doctors urge her to be voiceless and passive. John’s assumption of his own superior knowledge and maturity leads him to misjudge and control his wife, all in the name of helping her. He did not realize the severity of her condition and instructed her to instead take a break with the country air and so he isolates her.
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.
Mrs. Marroner overcomes her husband’s infidelity and emotional control by taking in the vulnerable Gerta and leaving her husband. Their situations cause them and readers to start questioning the “naturalness” of gender roles.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman has a tone of a mentally ill women who worsens while under the thumb of her husband who is her doctor first and husband second. She numerously attempts to reveal her true, current state of mind to her husband but he shows that he thinks he knows best. The internal conflict of being better but not being heard leads to her ultimate breakdown and shock to her husband, John. Everyone has experience this type conflict, whether concealed or disclosed to another, of trying to convey your true feelings but not getting the results you need to progress properly. This story is very much peculiar as it is true and trying for those who struggle under various mental stresses.
John, the narrators husband and a physician, tries to force his wife to hold back her mind. This is what ultimately drives the narrator to insanity. Her imagination, strong will, and thoughtful mind are looked badly upon. Her husband tells her that her normal feminine responses, such as crying and emotions are an “illness” that need to be controlled before she can go anywhere or see anyone. She is taught to be a passive and well behaved lady, whom is only allowed to lay in her bed while every one else does everything for her, even take care of her child.