Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper

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This confinement of her imaginative prowess makes the narrator more helpless and isolated. The only thing that narrator really wants to do is ‘writing’. She perceives that pen down her thoughts and ideas would give her a sense of ‘self-actualization’ and ‘self-expression’ and even could help her cure herself. She says in this respect:
“I think sometimes if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me” (pg. 324) For the narrator, her writing journal is a “relief” to her, an outlet of her emotions and ideas, but John’s prohibition of her writing stifles her only relief which ultimately drives her to insanity. To this insanity what contributes more than physical constrains is the mental constrains. As Gilman expresses in an article entitled "why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper", "work [is] the most important activity in defining a sense of …show more content…

His behavior towards her is more paternal as he continues to treat her like a child calling her as “blessed little goose” (p. 324) and his “little girl”. His continuous belief in his intellectual superiority over the narrator’s is proven throughout as he keep forcing the fact that ‘being a doctor he knows what is better for her health’. The writer admits that John “is very careful and loving, and hardly lets (her) stir without special direction” (pg 327)
In a guise of a physician’s authority over his patient, John exercises patriarchal domination. He dominates the narrator both physically and mentally, by confining her to a prison like room and latter constraining her from writing. Every time he focuses that they came to that house merely on the narrator’s account so that she would get better soon. However, he doesn’t even let her talk about her anxieties and fears. She very disappointingly remarks that: “John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason for suffer and that satisfies him” (pg.

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