The Lack of Creativity in the Yellow Wallpaper

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Lack of Creativity and Isolation in “The Yellow Wallpaper”
In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman presents an unnamed woman who gradually spirals into a state of mental psychosis. Gilman sought to bring attention to the unfair treatment of women in the nineteenth century. She uses this story to reveal to the audience that the narrator’s insanity stems from her isolation from society, and her inability to be expressive and creative through writing. Throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator is locked away in an isolated room, which was supposed to cure her mental disorder but instead it makes her worse. With the windows barred and the doors locked she is secluded from society. She wishes to go visit her cousin Henry and
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Surprisingly, the narrator reveals that she believes that her sister-in-law Jennie thinks that her writing makes her sick. It is unfortunate that Jennie and John feel this way towards her writing because the narrator actually believes that she can help cure her disease through writing. She says, “I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me” (Gilman 88). There are so many thoughts running through her head that she wishes to be able to write them down and let her mind rest. As the story progresses, the narrator’s mental state rapidly declines. Her imagination starts to overcome reality and in an attempt to regain control the narrator yearns to write, “But I must say what I feel and think in some way- it is such a relief!” (Gilman 91). Her imagination starts to run wild, and her husband, John, warns her several times to use her self-control to resist her thoughts. “He says no one but myself can help me out of it, that I must use my will and self-control and not let any silly fancies run away with me” (Gilman 92). Sadly, what John does not realize is that his wife is imaginative by nature and by not allowing her to let her imagination free and express herself through writing he is hurting her even more. Eventually, the narrator lacks all belief in her husband’s ability to cure her and she grows hostile towards him. She writes,

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