John's Disorders In The Yellow Wallpaper

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” delves into the helplessness women can feel when they are trapped in a marriage. Throughout the story the reader gets a taste of the frustrating reality of being suppressed and belittled. It is based in a time where woman were expected to be respectable and refrain from actions that would cause others to gossip. The early 20th century was a time where women did not have many rights and were not given the freedom to be their true selves. In the case of “The Yellow Wallpaper”, her husband, John, a doctor tells her that her obsession with the wallpaper and their room is a representation of her nervousness. Her disorder, he explains causes her to overthink things and that makes her ill. She, on the other hand does not believe that, she wants to write and be in nature and accentually she is bared in her room, with the moving yellow wallpaper. Her brother who is also a doctor tells her the same thing, that she is just plagued by anxiety, explaining that she shouldn’t think of many things and just keep herself busy with domestic duties. “If a physician…show more content…
The idea of the woman in the wallpaper is a reflection of herself, she has to be hidden away and can not reveal herself without being remarked as odd or unwell. She explains that there are many women in the wallpaper and they have been strangled by the pattern in it, women are trapped and strangled in their marriages, they are not given the chance to be free and express themselves, “they get through and then the pattern strangles them off and turns them upside down, and makes their eyes white” (p.

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