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In Charlotte Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper the narrator slowly loses her grip on reality She was arguably a bit unbalanced to begin with however her condition worsened significantly over the course of her story There were many causes for the decline of the narrators sanity but the most significant influence was her familys reluctance to listen to her fears which also caused her to lose trust in her caregiversFirst Johns refusal to believe his wifes claims left the narrator with no one to confide in The storyteller had only her diary to converse with about her fears and that only in secret as her family discouraged her from writing anything at all Gilman 72 You see the narrator wrote of her husband John he does not believe I am sick And what can one do If a physician of high standing and ones own husband assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression what is one to do Gilman 70 Indeed what could the narrator have done Her husband John did not seem to listen to his wife about her concerns in regard to her illness even going so far as to discourage her from thinking about her condition 71 The narrator was greatly displeased with the room her husband had selected for them a room with barred windows an immovable bed and grotesque yellow wallpaper I dont like our room a bit Johns wife recorded in her diary I wanted one downstairs that opened on the piazza but John would not hear of it Gilman 71 According to the storyteller her husband had intended to change the wallpaper in the room but later decided against it He said that I was letting it get the better of me 73 Johns wife reported further demonstrating her husbands refusal to listen to her fearsFurthermore when the narrator tried to talk
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