Literary Analysis Of The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Woman Rocks the Cradle

Charlotte Perkins wrote the short story The Yellow Wallpaper. For this analysis paper, I am only going to mainly talk about three characters and they are as follows: the narrator (some call her Jane), John (a certified physician and the husband), and the narrator’s brother (also a physician). This story starts off with the narrator talking about the new transition she has made with her husband John into a new house. On the very first page, she begins to explain how she is sick but her husband John does not believe her. We learn that he is a physician that has prescribed the ‘rest cure’ for his wife. As the story continues, the wife’s mental state deteriorates, while her husband John persists that nothing is
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She is sent to rest in the nursery and only called names such as “dear” and “my darling” so much that her name has been lost in the story. I have read theories that her real name is Jane because in the end she believes she was the woman trapped in the wallpaper and addresses a John and a Jane. Not being certain of a narrator and main character’s name is a talking point in itself: reflecting that she is questioning who she is, while being told who she should be. A big part of being submissive in a dominant world is the very fact that you lose little pieces of yourself, along with your voice. Male dominance can begin as simple requests and become long, drawn out demands. (Maestripieri, Dario. “Social Dominance Explained Part 1”) The Yellow Wallpaper is full of examples of a dominant (John)/ submissive (narrator) relationship and how one overcame the other. While the narrator is describing John and her brother’s decision that she must rest and stay home from work until she is better she says “personally, I disagree with their ideas.” (Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, 673) She then spends a majority of the story doing what they tell her to do, however. She goes to the nursery, doesn’t go to work, and doesn’t write near John because she says “he hates to have me write a word.” (Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, 675). Throughout the book, the narrator is walking on ‘eggshells’ and trying to avoid starting conflict with John. During the story she
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