Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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For decades now critics have viewed, Gilman’s novella, “The Yellow Wallpaper” mainly in a feminist way, focusing on the way women acted and how they were treated in the 1800s. Although there are good points to the feminist criticism, one could go more in depth by psychoanalyzing it because feminism fit more into the 1800s when women did not have the roles they have today, by looking at the psychoanalytic effect the restrictions had on her, and observing the effects the room had on her. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written around the time period when women’s main role, “was as wife and mother, keeper of the household, guardian of the moral purity of all who lived therein” (Hartman). Women were told what to do by their husbands and their …show more content…
Considering the fact that men and women are completely equal today, anyone locked up and isolated away from everything would eventually lose their mind. Psychologically, a person being controlled and not being able to make their own decisions will eventually lose their own state of mind. “The Yellow Wallpaper” “is a tale of mental breakdown” (Suess). Jane’s husband has her under many restrictions and does not once listen to what she has to say about her own health. Jane says in Gilman’s story, “PERHAPS that is one reason I do not get well faster” referring to her husband being a physician and him not believing that she is sick. Just the fact that John does not believe Jane is sick puts a mental ware on her. What is she supposed to do when her own family does not think there is anything wrong with her, when she knows there is. In the story, John chooses to restrict Jane from rooms in the house and having guests over. He takes it to an extent where he is feeding her brain what he believes is going on and what he feels needs to happen. Jane states, “He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction.” John represents order and reality and he is identified as controller of Jane, in all aspects. He controls her personal life, professional, and social life. Jane quite literally does not have hardly any say in what goes on around her. John has Jane “a scheduled prescription for each in the day,” (Gilman) and tells her over

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