Analysis Of Charlotte Gilman 's ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

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Gender Role in The Yellow Wallpaper In Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Jane is driven insane when the neurasthenia rest cure is given to he by her husband and physician, John. The rest cure was created by Dr. Weir Mitchell targeted towards women who displayed symptoms of neurasthenia,”a psychological disorder marked especially by easy fatigability and often by lack of motivation, [and] feelings of inadequacy”(Merriam- Webster). Jane is forbidden to work and write. She is told to not overexert her mind or body, and her illness and thoughts are constantly belittled by her husband. Her creative, imaginative and greatly contrast her husband who chooses to assimilate in society and assume his expected role as the caregiver in the family.Although she is forbidden, Jane secretly writes in a journal to express her thoughts, feeling she needs just the opposite of what the resting cure requires. The narrator expresses her utter revulsion for the yellow wallpaper in her bedroom, which she quickly becomes fascinated with. She even begins hallucinated a woman trapped behind bars in the wallpaper, going as far as ripping out the wallpaper to free the woman, whom she thinks is herself. The narrator is driven insane by the confinements placed on her by both the rest cure and her husband. Her imagination is confined, coercing her to release it in something else. As a result, the narrator overanalyzes the wallpaper, soon reaching a point in which she loses her self identity and
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