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The Yellow Wallpaper At first, when you would glance at the title of the Yellow Wallpaper, the title itself would be rather quite odd but the story itself stands out in many ways. The story is in first person view of our narrator, who is unnamed who would experience struggles of relationship and her illness. In the Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson, the narrator experiences an abusive relationship, a mental illness that is represented through symbols, and oppression of women. As we can see in the story, it starts out with the wife who originally thinks that she is ill while the husband disagrees. “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency – what does one do?” (pg., 648) Thus creating a small friction between them because, in their time period, men were considered to be smarter than women. In this case, he has the own perfect world and with the wife suggesting that she’s ill, tips their relationship into becoming abusive. We would watch the narrator even brings up the subject of illness, the husband denies her and tries to set her in place by providing her some tonics to ‘ease’ her. “I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus – but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad.” “But if John says I feel so, I shall neglect proper self- control; so I take pains to control myself – before him, at least, and that makes me very tired.” (pg. 648) The narrator’s husband turns out to be a professional physic and yet, he doesn’t take the time to hear her out or at least give her proper care that she would need instead, he ignores her. Because of John’s theory of her illness of being no big deal and kept brushing it off, we
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