The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Yellow Wallpaper is a story about a woman with mental illness that only gets worse as time goes on written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The narrator’s husband, who is also her doctor, tries to help her but what he does only hinders her. This story is narrated by the mentally unstable wife, trapped in her home. She starts off by writing journals, even though her husband tells her not too. In The Yellow Wallpaper she becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper in their bedroom. The theme of The Yellow Wallpaper is obsession and depression. In the beginning, she tries to do anything she can to get away from the wallpaper. She tries to convince her husband, John, to change the paper but he says that he won 't give into her because it 'll only make her worse, "at first he meant to reaper the room, but afterward he said that I was letting it get the better of me and that nothing was worse for a nervous patient than to give into such fancies" (Gilman 553). John thinks that living there, in that room, will be good for her. He thinks that bearing through it and getting over the wallpaper will make her healthy. As her husband and her physician, he is wrong. Not allowing her certain activities and making her suffer through what is bothering her only makes her worse. She becomes more and more obsessed with the wallpaper as time goes on. She becomes more depressed in that room, and her obsession still haunts her. Her illness even depresses her, “But these nervous troubles are
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