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In The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman the dominantsubmissive relationship between an oppressive husband and his submissive wife pushes her from depression into insanity Flawed human nature seems to play a great role in her breakdown Her husband a noted physician is unwilling to admit that there might really be something wrong with his wife This same attitude is seen in her brother who is also a physician While this attitude and the actions taken because of it certainly contributed to her breakdown it seems to me that there is a rebellious spirit in her Perhaps unconsciously she seems determined to prove them wrong As the story begins the woman -- whose name we never learn -- tells of her depression and how it is dismissed by her husband and brother You see he does not believe I am sick And what can one do If a physician of high standing and
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