By telling this story, Gilman is urging the medical community to take a new view on mental illness, to take women seriously, and to find a genuine way to help women before the condition worsens. At the same time, the house appears prison-like. While the madness may seem like an extreme reaction, it can be justified and understood when it is considered that the narrator has no choice but to help herself. The regressing mental illnesses of the characters are contributed by the oppression from external forces of society in this particular time, the isolation, and the power of the enabling people in their lives. Even if barred windows are used in asylums, they are also common features in old houses, especially if children had lived there.
The story does give some evidence of her showing hysterical behavior. The woman, who seemingly is suffering from post-partum depression, searches for some sort of peace in her male dominated world. She is getting weak from the simplest tasks. He refuses to acknowledge that her mind could be sick even though her body is healthy. Gilman's message is to listen to women, take their feelings and issues seriously, and find a real solution before madness does overtake them. Written in 1892, a cultural context where society dictates that women listen to their husband, Gilman confronts the issue of the legitimate victimization of women in this short story masterpiece. It tells the story of a woman that reaches various states of… Pages: 5 1541 words Type: Essay Bibliography Sources: 1 … ¶ … Yellow Wallpaper The two stories that are reviewed and analyzed in this paper have common themes with very diverse characters, conflicts and settings.
When she voices her opinion to her husband he tells her to not think about it - to trust him because he is a doctor and knows what is best. Because they were thought to have delicate bodies and sensitive minds, women were thought to be extremely susceptible to any disorder that could affect their emotional state. She is projecting her emotions on the house as a means to avoid her biggest issue: her depression and bad marriage. Referring to a woman's need for intellectual stimulation as a condition helps to control women by making them question their own needs, view themselves as ill, and accept the decisions of men as superior. The narrator finds herself in a bind. When a woman married, her husband legally owned all she had including her earnings, her clothes and jewelry, and her children.
Examination of effectiveness, side effects and alternative treatments suggest reduction in… 2081 Words 9 Pages There are several people every year that are diagnosed with a mental disorder. Her husband fails to provide her with accurate treatment and stifles her only creative outlet. Why are these traits so important? His treatment requires virtually no activity, and that she does nothing at all for several weeks. The causes of this illness can be hereditary and can be changes in most women's hormones. But he said I wasn't able to go, nor able to stand it after I got there; and I did not make out a very good case for myself, for I was crying before I had finished. . At first, it seems as if the main character is completely normal, talking only about her husband and how happy she is that he has taken her on a summer vacation to a beautiful home that she adores.
Finally, it is worth noting that the yellow wallpaper is also a metaphor for how mental illness is viewed in women. However, rather than do what she believes is best for herself, she gives in and accepts their view of what is best for her. Unable to speak about her illness or emotions Jane becomes angry with her husband but cannot understand why she would be angry with a man who takes care of her. When this happens, women effectively become trapped in their own problems by ignorance. It is a symbolic work of literature because women in the era in which this story was published were treated in much the same way as the narrator was on a daily basis. Personally, I disagree with their ideas.
Doing this will free women from their own problems and provide them with the real assistance they need. The only thing that the narrator has left to do is to speculate about the ugly, irregular wallpaper of the attic room. It promised a night of spoken word, music, film and performance all programmed alongside a more traditional visual art exhibition. Her symptoms seemed to display the illness psychosis. Silas Weir Mitchell, who is mentioned by name in her tale. The description of the room and the wallpaper is clearly crucial to the story as a whole.
The role of women and the way they are perceived is also highlighted by the fact that the medical community considers that the cause of the narrator's problem is that she thinks too much, and that if they can stop her thinking, the problem will be solved. The wallpaper becomes much more detailed and much more of a fixture in the main characters life as the story progresses. Although men could also suffer from the nervous diseases, women remained the primary victims because of their physical and mental inferiority to men. I tried to have a real earnest reasonable talk with him the other day, and tell him how I wish he would let me go and make a visit to Cousin Henry and Julia. Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Politics of Form. Her husband John does not even acknowledge his wife may have any mental problems and all attempts for the woman to tell him fail. I won't, even if Jennie asks me to.
This quote also helps readers identify themselves with the narrator, particularly people dealing with depression or other mental illness. The unnamed narrator suffers from what is now referred to as postpartum depression. In order to make this possible, John purchases a large estate, which is isolated and quiet. Here, readers encounter the first of only two times the narrator mentions her baby. The Yellow Wallpaper illuminates the challenges of being a woman of ambition in the late 19th century.
There is a very funny mark on this wall, low down, near the mopboard. My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing, and he says the same thing Gilman 833. Such a dear girl as she is, and so careful of me! Without compassion or an outlet for her creativity, her mind turns inward and focuses on her now increasingly shrinking universe. Gilman creates a character that expresses real emotions and a psyche that can be examined in the context of modern understanding. While the narrator eventually shows elements of each of these diseases, it is unclear if the narrator is ill when the story begins. Various factors can threaten a character's sanity, ranging from traumatic events which trigger a decline to pressure from more vast, impersonal sources.
She is also not able to calmly voice her opinions to get the doctors to listen to her because anything she says is automatically considered as unintelligent simply because she is female. You grope about trying to feel the doorknob, straining to see a thin beam of light coming from underneath the door. This occurs because women are trivialized to the extent that any problem that occurs for women is also considered trivial. Gilman attempts to represent the depth of mental illness through the wallpaper. This feeling of powerlessness, of an inability to communicate, is portrayed with special horror to inspire empathy in a progressive reader, who may have been moved to reconsider methods such as the rest cure of Weir Mitchell. Her mood directly influences the setting and state with which she is in. A Harvard study about the author illustrates how her actual marriage was almost against her better judgment.