Is John A Good Husband? Essay

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Throughout the short story, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, we see a woman handicapped by depression and mental illness. We see how the narrator and John interact as husband and wife and as doctor and patient. From the surface, it seems as if John is a kind-hearted man wanting what is best for his wife, and willing to do whatever it takes to make her better again. But as the reader looks closer and the story progresses, John becomes more of a handicap to his wife than the illness itself. Gilman uses John's detriment to Charlotte as a way to describe the gender roles, professional and medial, in the nineteenth century. She uses this parallelism as a way to break the patriarchal society's oppression on women and the idea of…show more content…
Throughout the short story, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, we see a woman handicapped by depression and mental illness. We see how the narrator and John interact as husband and wife and as doctor and patient. From the surface, it seems as if John is a kind-hearted man wanting what is best for his wife, and willing to do whatever it takes to make her better again. But as the reader looks closer and the story progresses, John becomes more of a handicap to his wife than the illness itself. Gilman uses John's detriment to Charlotte as a way to describe the gender roles, professional and medial, in the nineteenth century. She uses this parallelism as a way to break the patriarchal society's oppression on women and the idea of women's only role being in the household. John is a controlling man, believing he knows everything that is good for his wife. The narrator talks about how she "has a schedule prescription for each hour in the day; he takes all care from me," this shows that John controls her every minute. He sets a time for her rest, her exercise, when she will eat, when she can read; he plans it all out for her (Gilman 4). This complete control parallels to the male population's idea that women of the time could not make wise simple decisions for themselves. Gilman takes John's schedule for Charlotte and uses it to represent men's desire for control over women as a way to help them with their mental fragility. Men of the time made the false assumption

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