Analysis Of The Book ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

1080 Words Oct 30th, 2015 5 Pages
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a perplexing story set in the countryside during the late 19th century, a time when “modern medicine” consisted of often brutal home remedies and doctor’s unproven theories. This was also still a time when women were part of a patriarchal society seen as fragile individuals who were controlled by their emotions and lacked the capacity for complex thought.
You see he does not believe I am sick! And what can one do? If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendency- what is one to do? (Gilman 208).
Through this quote at the beginning of the story you witnessed her already submitting to the female role arranged by society during that time. As you read you find the characters fight and support these norms throughout underlying themes and symbols. The characters provide a somewhat text book example of the upper class during this time period with a seemingly wealthy physician as the husband, a wife who is suffering from mental illness bound to the house, and the supportive housekeeper. A new mother suffers from what is now known as postpartum depression and is diagnosed by her husband as having “temporary nervous depression” (Gilman 209). Instead of addressing the real issues the husband treats her by locking her in a room with a ghastly yellow wallpaper which will become the housing for her mental…

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