How John`s attitude toward the narrator in ‘’The Yellow Wallpaper’’ mirrors social attitudes regarding mental illnesses

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How John`s attitude toward the narrator in ‘’The Yellow Wallpaper’’ mirrors social attitudes regarding mental illnesses The diagnoses, treatment, and overall understanding of mental illnesses have progressed greatly from when “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written. In those times the classification of a mental illness for a woman was madness. Women were treated accordingly, and not just by their doctors, but by their families and communities. Today, many facilities and medications exist to help individuals recover from a mental illness as best they can, and there are trained physicians and psychologists who can properly identify their illnesses. The only aspect that has not been completely altered since then is the way someone…show more content…
In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, John takes the narrator to a different town and tells their families that she is not as bad as she really is. This is something they clearly do not do often. This is apparent because the narrator says “It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and [the narrator] secure ancestral halls for the summer” (page 1). Also the narrator had just had a baby, so if they were going just out of town for a summer vacation, it would be an odd time. In her article, Quawas noticed that John not only kept his wife from her family and friends, but he chooses the room farthest away from Jennie and the servants as well: ‘’He isolates his wife in the upstairs nursery, a room with barred windows and hideous yellow wallpaper’’ (n.p.). In the BBC adaptation, Charlotte waits until she is sure that John is in a good mood and then says “John, [the narrator] must ask you a serious question, won’t allow [her] to pay a visit to Hendry and Julia”. Charlotte tells us John spends most days in town, so obviously she is lonely. John does not seem to make this connection and immediately shoots her question down. He tells her “[her] improvement is the result of keeping to the cure”. Charlotte had not been getting better, but worse, so John must have known that what he said was a lie. John does invite one of their mothers down for a weekend, but she already knew about Charlotte being ill. This is

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