The Yellow Wall Paper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

809 Words Sep 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Unabashed and slightly eccentric, Charlotte Perkins Gilman delivers a story of the chaotic mess known as reality. Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-Paper”, is a story that has been both criticized and debated about the true nature of the piece. With some readers claiming it to be a ghost story, and others believing the story as one of a controlling relationship between man and wife. While there appears to be an element that can only be described as eerie or ghostlike, this story is not one of ghosts. In actuality, the story is one of a husband’s unyielding control, a desperate plea for help, and the eventual succumbing to insanity. In a relationship, spouses play an essential and vital role in each other’s health and happiness. Simple words and gestures can do either a world of good, or unbelievable damage. As the narrator’s husband, John, is introduced, an arrogant persona follows. Not only does John fill the role of a husband, but also a physician, one who is under the assumption that he knows what is best for his wife. In the beginning of the story, the narrator sees her husband’s behavior as an act of love saying, “He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets [her] stir without special direction.” (269) In actuality, this act of ‘love’ was merely control on John’s part as he plays the role of both husband and physician. While John’s intent may be to help his wife get better, his complete disregard for her opinion and feelings actually makes her situation worsen.…

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