Literary Analysis Of ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

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Literary Analysis on “The Yellow Wallpaper”
The journal “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1892. This journal, is written by an unknown narrator describing her trip to a summer home with her husband and sister-in-law that was intended to improve her mental illness. The narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper” was described as having a mental illness that was being treated by her husband, John, who was a physician. Throughout the story, her mental illness becomes drastically worse due to the mistreatment from her husband. During this time, there was not a lot of information known about mental illnesses and physicians did not really have an idea of how to treat them. The author, Charlotte Gilman, actually had a mental illness of depression that was mistreated by her doctor that resulted in making her condition worse, which is extremely similar to the plot of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” In the “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator has been confined to a room by her husband and was fascinated with the wallpaper on one of the walls, which eventually drove her towards insanity representing how mistreated mentally ill patients may have no chance of recovery.
Throughout the journal, there are numerous situations where the narrator mentions the actions of her husband, and to the reader it comes off as controlling which represents the male dominating society in this time period. During this time period of the late 1800’s, woman did not really have a major role in…

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