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A womans Struggled Obsession for Universal Rights The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1860-1935 developed a severe depression after the birth of her only child Unfortunately she was treated by Dr S Weir Mitchell who forbade her to write and prescribed only bed rest and quiet for recovery Her condition only worsened and ultimately resulted in divorce Upon first reading The Yellow Wallpaper we can see the relationship between the narrator and her husband John as caring but with examination we can find that her husband repeatedly demeans the narrator On first arriving at the vacation home John chooses the old attic nursery against his wifes wishes and laughs at her when she complains about the wallpaper We can assume that he chooses the attic to keep his wifes insanity hidden from the rest of the world Johns actions can easily be interpreted with the same malice The narrators insistence that John is a caring and loving husband draws special attention to the true meanings behind his words and actions Would a man deeply concerned for his wifes mental state constantly leave her alone to tend after patients with serious conditions Any time John speaks to his wife he uses the third person voice or refers to her as little girl or some other term of endearment He never uses her name therefore he never really recognizes her as a person nor an equal This dialog can easily be compared to one between a parent and his child Because the room was an old nursery this idea is strongly enforced Hence there is no oddity in the fact that the narrator comes to think of herself as a child She comments on the fact that the children tore the wallpaper and later admits to doing it herself Her regression is also demonstrated by her comparison of her present room with the bedroom of her childhood The underlying theme of womans
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