Analysis Of ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

840 Words Jul 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
The Yellow Wallpaper had culture as one of its themes; one could see that through the narrator. The narrator seemed to have mental instability due to the fact that she was not allowed to visit certain people, or travel. This was mainly because her husband, who was also a physician, dismissed her mental issues on nerves and hysteria. Later on in the reading the narrator starts to see and imagine things vividly, mostly from not having anything to which occupy herself with. In today’s culture disorders such as anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mental issues are not usually taken very seriously or always regarded as an actual health condition. The narrators’ mental disorder may have come from a lack of attention or acknowledgement from her husband and family. She says in the reading “John is a physician… perhaps that is why I don not get better…you see, he does not believe I am sick!” The other theme in the reading is identity, which goes together with culture as well. The narrator had a lack of identity of who she was, what she wanted to do, and what she was feeling. Her husband told her many times in the reading what she could and could not do. The narrator in the reading says “But I must say what I feel and think in some way- it is such a relief!” She often is shown finding comfort in writing her feelings down, for her husband would not hear of it from her. Another theme that can be found in the story is expression. The narrator could not find solace in friends or traveling,…

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