The story is her secret diary in which she writes down her thoughts about her problems with her husband and the environment. As the narrator becomes more and more preoccupied with the pattern of the wallpaper, she forgets her desire to become the perfect wife and mother and thinks only of a way to release the imprisoned woman from the wallpaper. The Yellow Wallpaper Character The narrator: She is the protagonist, and a round as well as dynamic character. And I'vepulled most of the paper, so you can't put me back! He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction. Her husband, John, a physician, has taken the narrator, a new mother, to a rented country home for the summer in order for her to recover from postpartum psychosis. Social norms will not accept her freedom from the domestic sphere, and so she must creep furtively and lie in wait in the shadows of the wallpaper.
Her cry of you cant put me back! The narrator is the victim of 19th centurys suppression and mistreatment of women as inferior beings. Similarly, John's behavior contradicts his claim as a loving husband. In actuality, the wallpaper is intended to be a representation of the cast that all women are expected to fit. The current treatment of postpartum depression can help a young mother before it gets to the severe mental state of Jane. Gilman wrote this story to describe her experience with her own postpartum depression and the experiences with Dr. When Do We Learn the Name 'Jane'? Charlotte Perkins Gilman and John Cheever intriguing stories display the struggle of two characters through imagery and symbolism.
Mitchell's cure for women's depression. Some sources say that it is important for a new mother. The names Jane and John are typical, ordinary names and this fact also points towards the identity of Jane. In the story, the narrator suffers from postpartum depression and her husband moves her to a room with disgusting yellow wallpaper in an isolated colonial mansion. If Jane would have had different treatment, then she would not have gone insane. Many physical and emotional changes can occur to a woman during the time of her pregnancy as well as following the birth of her child.
According to Mauthner, 1999 postpartum depression occurs when women are unable to experience, express and validate their feelings and needs within supportive, accepting and non-judgmental interpersonal relationships and cultural contexts. It made me think about the narrator and question her sanity. Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. She holds a journal on her lap, and a pen rose to her chin. Jennie acts as housekeeper for the couple. You are gaining flesh and color,. Narrators are almost always trusted and their mental capabilities are not questioned.
King points out Janes behavior as being increasingly submissive 30 which is typical of a woman in her day. How do each of them treat their experience in relationship to the purpose of their writings? The yellow wallpaper holds a much deeper meaning than just that of a fixation. Also in the story the narrator talks about how nice Jennie is to her saying, Jennie is good and lets me alone when I want her to 164. The relationship between the two women in each story, were very similar. Jane Is the Narrator On the other hand, given the merging of the narrator and the woman behind the wallpaper, there is an argument to be made for Jane being the narrator's name.
How is she still making any kind of sense? I really enjoyed reading The Yellow Wallpaper since there are so many things going on. It is from her attic perch that Jane feels so keenly that women, like men, need to exercise for their faculties and suffer from too rigid a restraint, as in her attic Gilmans narrator lies on the great immovable bed and longs for company and exercise. She has her own self to blame for that. I have a schedule prescription for each hour in the day; he takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more. At this point, the narrator already has a sense of how restricted she is and how awful her situation is. When she views the picture of the imprisoned woman as realistic, she not only becomes separate from Jane, the loved and protected wife of John, she also loses her relationship to everyone else and her ability to act in a social context. Jennie may not have much power in the household, but she does have one thing that the narrator envies: an occupation.
A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity—but that would be asking too much of fate! Jane also has a hard time sleeping at night. A Narrator We Can Believe In? She now remains in an estate—much like Belle Reve. By rejecting that woman she might free the other, imprisoned woman within herself. This rendition makes the reader complicit in devaluing the character. The condition of postpartum psychosis usually begins within two weeks of giving birth and sometimes within a matter of days. The main point that I will focus on is how restricted societal roles can cause insanity. The meaning of this sentence is pertinent to understanding the story of The Yellow Wallpaper and for the reader to understand that the narrator has two separate selves.
Jane develops an attachment to the wallpaper and discovers a woman in the wallpaper. Her character change is closely related to development of the plot. I lie here on this great immovable bed--it is nailed down, I believe--and follow that pattern about by the hour. Here, we can assume that 'Jane' was the 'I' who was controlling the actual feelings and personality of the narrator and keeping them hidden away. King also comments, The narrator is both the woman behind the pattern who is securely tied with a rope, and she who does the tying.
I am a doctor, dear, and I know. How do we know this? Gilman started treatment with Dr. The kind that squeaks ever few seconds upon leaning. Was the problem post partum depression? That might have us crawling up or maybe into? Jane takes phosphates or phosphites and tonics. She has wanted to strangle the woman behind the papertie her with a rope.
In this scenario, the narrator is telling her husband that she has managed to escape his controlling influence as well as Jennie's. She puzzles over effects in the world that she herself has caused. It seems silly to think Gilman meant Jane to be a nickname for Jennie or for it to be a typo. The narrator also continues to explain how regularly she cries for no significant reason. At that moment she ceases to be the wife that she was and becomes nameless and isolated. Although she does not believe that anything is wrong with her, John, her physician husband, diagnoses her with neurasthenia and prescribes several months of S.