The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Modeled after Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a young wife and mother that hides alone in her bedroom and begins to become delusional. After recently giving birth to a child, she is suffering from depression. Her husband John, a physician, diagnoses his wife with a temporary “nervous condition.” She writes in a journal until her husband stops her from all reading and writing, but she cannot deny her passion for writing. She soon develops this fascination with the yellow wallpaper within her bedroom. The author displays her real life experiences of a woman being imprisoned and shows the typical woman representative during this time. The author portrays mental issues, family matters, and other physical attributes to reveal obstacles that the unnamed protagonist encounters.
The woman’s husband, John, assures her that nothing is wrong with her. The woman is frustrated though because with such high standings, he tells her and their family that there is nothing wrong with her except for temporary nervous depression. (648 Stetson) With her brother also a physician like John, he says the same thing about her condition. She is forbidden to work until her condition gets better, and she disagrees with their ideas. She believes the excitement of work and getting out would help her. Even though she does not agree with John, she does not argue because she does not want to anger him even more and cause an even bigger fight about her condition. (648…

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