The Yellow Wallpaper

             "The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is the story of a submissive wife whose husband pushes her from depression into insanity. The husband is a doctor, whose treatment for his wife’s apparent post-partum depression is slowly driving her mad. This treatment involves isolation and deprivation of her writing, her favorite thing to do. The woman tells throughout the story how she disagrees with the diagnosis given by her husband and how she must hide her writing for fear of what his reaction would be. She tells of her depression and how her husband and brother dismiss it as “temporary nervous depression"(431). She reveals that she is indeed depressed due to resentment toward her husband and possibly, men in general, for the dominance they assert over her as a woman. Even when a summer in the country and weeks of bed-rest don't help, her husband refuses to accept that she may have a real problem. This causes him to enforce his treatments more strictly, thus causing her to go insane. This story shows that even when one is up against extraordinary odds, the will of a person will triumph over a repressive situation.
             As the main character of the story, the narrator tries to be positive, but has great difficulty putting aside her husband’s demands. She is an introverted, imaginative woman whose naturally positive persona is undermined by her depression. In the beginning of the story, she optimistically describes the house in which she was staying as “A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate…”(431). Her description a “…chair that always seemed like a strong friend”(434) shows that she has a vivid imagination. As a writer, the woman is an introvert and gets pleasure and relaxation from time spent alone with her pen and paper. This is evident through her statement “But I must say what I feel and think in some way-it is such a relief?”(434). In an almost multiple personality scenario, she proves ...

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