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At first, John seems to be very concerned about his wife. However, the misguided sort ofadvice and sterile approach to healing that he gives worsens the conditions of his wife. Forinstance, John denies his wife to indulge in her passion of writing for he is certain that acontinued fixation on her malaise would greatly increase her state of distress. However, thispassion of writing is what would have turned to be a powerful form of healing for her.
Surname 2The approach of John towards mental health and healing is considered to be naturallymasculine, (Davison, & Carol Margaret, 2004). John’s mind is set to believe that the “restandall the air” his wife can have access to is sufficient to influence her process of healing. John issure that physical health itself can result into mental healing. In order to offer help to his wife,John selects the room in their home which the protagonist describes as “big and airy” with“sunshine galore”to be their marital bedroom.However, the protagonist gains strong distress concerning the wallpaper in their bedroom.She pleads her husband John to destroy it completely but he declines and instead he attempts tolaugh off something that he modifies as her “fancies,” (Gilman,1989). This disintegrates the trustbetween husband and wife, when the wife discovers that her husband is not concerned and doesnot genuinely care about her. It can therefore be concluded that, the attitude of men in this storyholds that men do not have the same perspective about mental illness and healing as women asclearly portrayed by John who is the main male character in the story.
Surname 3Works citedDavison, Carol Margaret. "Haunted House/Haunted Heroine: Female Gothic Closets in “TheYellow Wallpaper”."Women's Studies33.1 (2004): 47-75.Gilman, Charlotte Perkins.The yellow wallpaper and other writings. Bantam Classics, 1989.