The Yellow Wallpaper

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English 1302
22 November 2011
Main Character’s Outsider Theme
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator, Jane, is struggling to deal with her depression that she is suffering in a confined room that her husband, John put her in. John believes that this will cure Jane and make her better from her depression. Instead, Jane is slowly losing herself within the yellow wallpaper in the room causing her to become insane. Jane is not able to express her feelings with her husband or anyone else, but instead she bottles it up inside of her until she could no longer resist. The outsider theme is forced upon Jane from her husband’s way of treatment. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner also portrays the outsider theme
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Although the narrator makes a positive impression about her spouse’s qualities as a husband, she feels uncomfortable about how he enforces obedience upon her. Jane is living in the time where women were not allowed to think for themselves, where the husbands or men make the decisions for their wives. With this, women are often led into a depression and because depression was not found to be a sickness during the time, there were no correct treatment. Doctors and men found it silly for women to let themselves down all the time, as if nothing was ever wrong with them. As John tells Jane, “There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is false and foolish fancy. Can you trust me as a physician when I tell you so?” (Gilman 932). Over and over, John repeatedly tells Jane that there is nothing wrong with her and reminding her that because he is a physician, he knows what is best for her. Up until the end of the story, when Jane is completely insane tearing up the yellow wallpapers, the roles her and John’s gender changes. “The narrator’s position in creeping over John conveys a shift in gender roles.” (Golden 53). Throughout the entire story, John had always been watching over Jane, controlling her daily activities. “Critics, as well as some of my own students, often read the husband’s fainting at the
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