Who Is The Narrator In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Charlotte Gilman and The Nsrrator “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells a story of a woman whom suffers from depression. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author, lived a life with many similarities to the character in her story. Is the narrator in the story based on Charlotte Gilman’s life? Multiple statements are made that are uncannily similar to Charlotte Gilman’s biography. Charlotte Perkins Gilman lived a rough life in her early years. In Charlotte’s adult life, she married and had a daughter named Katherine. Biography.com Editors, author of “Charlotte Perkins Gilman Biography,” stated that after years of marriage Charlotte “experienced a severe depression and underwent a series of unusual treatment for it.” (n.d.). Charlotte’s husband placed her …show more content…
John is the opposite of his wife, he is calm and collected. The author of “Feminist Gothic in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’” writes about John being exactly what the narrator needed to be freed. The scholars believe that the narrator’s madness will not last forever because the author, Charlotte Gilman’s, neurosis was only for a short period of time in reality. The scholars note that the narrator may view the yellow wallpaper’s pattern as bars because Charlotte Gilman may have been referring to returning back to the way she should act according to what society viewed as normal. In addition, the authors of “On Feminism and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Gilman,” believe that the story is “about a woman’s struggles against male-centric thinking and societal ‘norms.’” (“On Feminism and The Yellow Wallpaper.” n.d.). It is stated that many elements from “The Yellow Wallpaper” coincide with the way life was supposed to be during the era that Charlotte Gilman lived. Upon Charlotte’s depression, she went to Doctor Mitchell who prescribed a “rest cure,” this is where the idea for “The Yellow Wallpaper” came from. (“On Feminism and The Yellow Wallpaper.” n.d.). Furthermore, the author of “Fighting Oppression,” writes of how numerous parts of “The Yellow Wallpaper” matches things that were …show more content…
The narrator’s husband believes that she is not really sick at all. It is said that “John is a physician, and perhaps-perhaps that is one reason I do not het well faster. You see he does not believe that I am sick!” (Gilman 307). The narrator’s husband does not believe her when she tries to tell him of her sickness, if she had the support she needed maybe she would get better sooner. This relates to Charlotte Gilman because she may have gotten better had she had the support she needed. John and the narrator’s brother have decided that her sickness is more of a temporary problem, and that convinces the friends and relatives that there is really nothing wrong with her as well. Charlotte writes “if a physician, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression… What is one to do? My brother is also a physician, also of high standing, and he says the same thing. (“The Yellow Wallpaper,” (308). Also, Charlotte Gilman’s main character, the narrator, has many similarities with Mrs. Gilman. The narrator’s physician, her husband, dislikes when she writes, and therefor she is no longer allowed to do so. The narrator writes in her journal “there comes John, and I must put this away, he

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