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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER How We Perceive the HusbandThe Yellow Wallpaper written in 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a chilling study of insanity It is a bitter story of a young woman driven to insanity by a loving husband-doctor who imposes Mitchells rest cure1 This short story vividly reflects a woman in torment This story starts out with a hysterical woman who is overprotected by her loving husband John She is taken to a summer home to recover from a nervous condition She is told to rest and sleep she is not even allowed to write I must put this away--he hates to have me write a word This shows how controlling John is over her as both husband and doctor She is absolutely forbidden to work until shes well again Here John seems to be more of a father than a husband Like the husband in Ibsens A Doll House John is being the dominant person in the marriage a sign of typical middle-class Although the narrator feels desperate John tells her that there is no reason for how she feels she must dismiss those silly fantasies In other words John treats her like a child and gives her reason to doubt herself Of course it is only nervousness she decides She tries to rest to do as she is told like a child but suffers because John does not believe that she is ill This makes her feel inadequate and unsure of her own sanity He does not know how much I really suffer He knows there is no reason to suffer and that satisfies him She feels that she should be a good girl and appreciate the protective love John offers to her He takes all care from me and I feel so basely ungrateful not to value it more He took me in his arms and called me a blessed little goose He said I
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