Summary Of Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's ' The Yellow Wall Paper '

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Escape
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s, story “The Yellow Wall Paper” a young women who is a mother and a wife, is being treated for nervous depression, with rest and seclusion, of which she does not agree with. In this period men in general, even one’s own husband, did not ask women for their opinion on their health care or anything else for that matter, they expected women to obey as if they were children. Women rebelled against this idea and sometime even escaped into a world of their own. Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes that the husband, John, is a physician and he does not believe his wife is sick. “You see he does not believe I am sick” (164). “If a physician of high standing and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one, temporary nervous depression-a slightly hysterical tendency- what’s one to do?”(165). Here her husband is not listening to his wife and just takes control of her decisions and her life. John, the women’s husband, rents an old estate, so his wife can rest and be secluded. Upon arrival, at the old estate, John chooses the old nursery with ugly yellow wallpaper. This does not make his wife happy, but she does not get a say in this matter. “I don’t like our room one bit. I wanted the one down stairs that opened onto the piazza and had roses all over the window; and such pretty, old fashion, chintz hangings! But John would not hear of it” (165). John is making all the decisions, not letting…

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