The Yellow Wallpaper By John Steinbeck

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” follows the story of the narrator and her physician husband, John, who move to a colonial mansion shortly after the birth of their newborn baby in order to help his wife recover from hysteria and different forms of depression more than likely linked to postpartum depression caused by the recent birth. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is about the progress to insanity and freedom. This story also shows how people tackle and deal with personal obstacles differently. Everyone deals with their personal obstacles in different ways; some people take longer and some people even ignore the trouble itself. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a perfect example because there are several different obstacles throughout the story. The narrator, John…show more content…
Firstly, John, tends to partially solve his problems, then gravitates towards ignoring them, swiping them under the rug or even running from them. For example, when the narrator asks, "Why the house had stood so long untenanted,” (647) John just laughs at his wife instead of answering her and doesn 't stress her question which proves that he’s just letting it go and isn 't going to do anything about it like he does several times during the text. Not only does John ignore his problems, but he also "scoffs openly at any talk.” (652). This means that he doesn’t want to talk about his problems and he would prefer to keep things bottled up then to express how he is really feeling or what 's going on. John also proves that he chooses to run from the majority of his problems and his most important problem being his wife. The narrator says that he is also always "going into town for more serious cases” (650). This shows that he is avoiding confrontation and is finding excuses in which to deal with his problems. John also avoids his problems literally, by not addressing his wife by her real name and instead by calling her names like "my blessed little goose.” (649), and by saying cute lines like "bless her little heart” (652). These names and lines make it so that he doesn’t have to answer her question honestly because he justified it with something kind distracting her from her original point. As it is clear, John chooses a more demeaning and
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