The Yellow Wallpaper Naturalism Analysis

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"The Yellow Wallpaper," best fits the literary style of naturalism. Naturalism is a philosophical viewpoint according to which everything arises from natural properties and causes. Characters are controlled by internal or external forces or by the environment. In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the main character is being controlled by her husband, who believes that he is right in keeping her confined for her treatment of depression. She is also being controlled by her mental state, as it is deteriorating. Between the ignorance of John, the husband, the confinements made to trap the main character, and her helplessness caused by her mental state, she fixates on a hideous yellow wallpaper where she begins to go mad with subconscious realization. The …show more content…
Mitchell, while her husband enforces it. His reasonings were to keep her from being hysterical as writing causes her to do so. After Jane is told that she cannot write, John and his sister, Jennie, do everything they can to keep her from writing. According to Jessica Cohn, from Current Health Magazine, "Writing puts your thoughts in the open, which can help you make sense of them. (Current Health 1. page 22.)." Dr. Charles Anderson, from the University of Arkansas, supports Cohn's statement by saying "if a person just thinks about what's going on, those thoughts get so tangled up with everything else inside, there's not any opportunity to work on the issues. (Current Health 1. page 22.)." Jane kept a secret diary, but only wrote in it when she knew for sure she was not going to get caught. John and Dr. Mitchell kept her from writing, which was a factor in her deteriorating mental health. Eventually, Jane becomes jumbled in her thoughts and eventually starts to see a woman in the wallpaper, who appears trapped inside the yellow …show more content…
Her husband, John, does not allow her to leave the house or do any kind of work. She is basically bed ridden as he encourages her to sleep most of the time. He even goes as far as inviting his sister to stay with them in their house to make sure that his wife obeys doctor's orders. Jane is not allowed to handle her newborn baby very much, as it may cause her implied post-partum to worsen. While John keeps his wife from doing as little activity as possible, she has nothing to do but wander her mind and thoughts. Inactivity can cause severe depression and depressive symptoms cause post-partum risks to increase. According to the Society of Behavioral Medicine, "Regular exercise behavior is one strategy that may offer women a nonpharmacological alternative to relieve depressive symptoms." This means that women, like Jane, have a better chance of not getting severe depression, anxiety or post-partum if they were active during and after the pregnancy. While Jane was only able to flee from her restrictions while her husband lay sleeping, she spent more time tangling up her thoughts and resting, not giving herself any time to sort through the complex puzzle that is her mind. This resulted in her mental

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