The Yellow Wallpaper Literary Analysis

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Accepting that one person’s craziness can be another’s reality can be the barrier between acceptances in society. Prejudgment can come in any form and from anyone: family, friend, co-worker, or stranger. Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes of her reality in “The Yellow Wallpaper” as a semi-autobiography. As a feminist, Gilman gives the silent woman, of her decade, a voice. In detail, “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells of the narrator suffering from post-partum depression and the only cure, given by her husband, is rest. A culmination of things play a role in this character’s demise: gender inequality, ineffective communication, person weaknesses, and the overall time period. The middle-aged married woman of the 1890s lifestyle consist of motherhood and…show more content…
As in "The Yellow Wallpaper", the men are the high standing physicians just as John says, "My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing" (1). As the narrator listens to her husband's sufficient diagnoses, because he is the sane one according to society, she doubts his decision as she thinks to herself, "I disagree with their ideas" (1). Later on, she sits in a battle within her mind asking, "And what is one to do? What is one to do? But what is one to do?", because her husband assures her that she is ill when she believes otherwise (1). The questions she asks herself repeatedly exhibits her oppressed position in society. It shows the control she has over her life and how she is unable decide what to do for herself because her husband has the control. In addition, John tries to control the way his wife thinks. He tells her, “you really are better, dear, whether you can see it or not. I am a doctor dear, I know. You are gaining flesh and color, your appetite is better” (9). Here again John is seen using his credentials to justify his diagnoses. Him being a doctor does not justify that his wife doesn’t know how she feels. She says, “I don’t weigh a bit more, nor as much” (9). The narrator tries to consult with her husband but he does not listen. The lack of effective communication can be the uprising of her insanity or the downfall of any relationship. The feeling of not
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