1. At one point the narrator refers to John…"because he is so wise and because he loves me so." Do you feel John is wise and loving? Give specific examples from the text to support your views.
I believe John had a genuine concern and love toward his wife but not wise in his treatments of her mental health. He missed the mark in his Isolation treatments toward his wife mental condition. As the Author cites “John does not know how much I really suffer, he knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him”. Moreover, John tried very hard to make his wife comfortable at the house even having his sister help, although she didn’t like it. “There comes John's sister. Such a dear girl as she is, and so careful of me! I must not let her find me writing”. However, John’s absence from his wife for great periods of time may say otherwise. The author cites “John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious.” In the end I honestly believe that John genuinely love his wife but was clueless in helping her get better. I don’t think John would drive his wife to madness or insanity deliberately.
3. What might her bedroom have been used as before? Why is this significant?
Her bedroom might have been an old holding cell for the mentally ill. The author cites “the floor is scratched and gouged and splintered, the plaster itself is dug out here and there, and this great heavy bed which is all we found in the room, looks as if it had been through the war. In addition, the narrator describes the room as having barred windows and rings and things.
5. By the final section of the story, what is the narrator's relationship to her husband? To Jennie? To the wallpaper? How has the narrator's perspective changed from the start of the story? What change to do we see in her actions?
In the final section of the story you see her strip most of all the yellow wallpaper off. It had become her primary motivating factor for her insanity. She no longer thought the...