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Orta 1Olga OrtaProf. Minner Engl.1302_DR1116 April 2018“The Yellow Wallpaper”: Character AnalysisShort Stories can have one feeling a certain type of way. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the main character is nameless. Her name is never mentioned in the story; However, she will be referred to as the narrator. The narrator is a married mother who suffers from a nervous condition; In other words, postpartum depression. Her condition results in her mental deterioration. The narrator is under the care of her physician, who is also her husband, named John. Jenny who is the narrator’s sister-in-law is in charge of taking care of the house during the narrator’s illness. Lastly, Mary is the nanny for the couple’s baby. The story is being told as the narrator writes her thoughts in her secret diary. In her diary, the narrator, who is in a sick state of mind documents her isolation and the transformation in a room with yellow wallpaper, while her insanity continues to grow into madness. The narrator shows her nervous condition at the beginning of the story. While her husband and she spend a summer away from home, they stay at a large gothic house. In that house John makes the narrator stay in a room which makes her feel awfully uncomfortable. In the story, the narrator says, “I am afraid, but I don’t care-There is something strange about the house- I can feel it” (Gilman 31). The narrator develops eerie feelings about the house for no given reason. Then the narrator describes the room John and she will sleep in, she mainly talks about how ugly the wallpaper is. This wallpaper is of the color yellow and for some reason it makes her feel alarmed about it. The wallpaper catches her attention that she continues to talk
Orta 2about it all throughout the story. The narrator begins to see the wallpaper in a different way. John does not pay attention to the things that disturb the narrator because he thinks that they are unimportant.The narrator is easily alarmed and agitated. One reason is that she secretly writes in her diary. In an article, Hume said, “She has to break off writing in her secret journal each time she hears her husband or sister-in-law draw near” (4). In the story, it also says that John does not want her doing any sort of creative activities or too even write. The narrator wants to express herself, which is why she chooses to secretly disobey her husband. The narrator feels agitation because her husband cannot listen to her true nature and opinions. Instead, he chooses to diagnose her physically, since he is a physician. He also refuses to believe in superstition and only believes in science. John thinks that what he is doing to help the narrator is going to be