`` The Yellow Wallpaper `` : Self Expression, Freedom, Marriage And Obsession

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Themes prevalent in “The Yellow Wallpaper” include; self expression, freedom, marriage and obsession. This story shows the psychological horrors one endures as a woman struggling with postpartum depression in the late 1800’s.

Self expression was one of the most important themes of this story. The restrictions put on Charlotte affected her mental state heavily. Being forced to remain in a false state of happiness and ignore her actual feelings, drives her deeper into insanity. Charlotte feels so trapped that she has to secretly write to escape her awful reality. The repression of Charlotte’s feelings due to the orders of John, result in hurting her more than helping her. The story itself is a better form of therapy than John’s methods.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins “Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.” The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) John force 's Charlotte to subdue her creativity, however her “habit of story-making”(Gilman) is actually an outlet that aids her in dealing with her depressive state. Charlotte’s husband is the main factor keeping her from experiencing fulfillment. Writing allows her to self actualize the feelings of resentment she has towards John.

In addition to the hindrance of self expression being a cause of Charlotte 's depression, lack of freedom is a physical barrier between her and good health. The theme of freedom is widespread throughout the story. Her insanity is drawn from being bound to a…

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