Her husband is gone from the house more often, to take care of the patients with serious conditions, leaving her with Jennie, his sister. She feels alone and her imagination makes up these apparitions in the wallpaper to keep her amused. She starts seeing a woman creeping in the wallpaper. The woman scares her and she wants to move into a different room to escape her phantom presence. Her imagining this woman is representing the narrator subconsciously realizing that she might me going crazy and that fact scares her and she wants to escape the empty room that leaves her to her
The story begins in a mental hospital or a sanatorium where Holden is describing the sequence of events that led to his current psychological state to a psychiatrist. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, tells a story of a female narrator, whose name is unknown, that is suffering from depression or a “nervous condition”. Not only does she suffer from depression, but she suffers from her marriage as well. Her husband, who is also her doctor, belittles her and her condition .She and her husband leave to stay in an estate over the summer for vacation and a place for her to get better. The room she stays in has yellow wallpaper that will later contribute to her psychological downfall along with the oppression felt from her environment.
He does not know she abuses sleeping pills and is so miserable because she presents the illusion that she is doing okay. She realizes it will be difficult being with Julian because he reminds her of their dead son, but she understands that life with Julian is the only way she will survive
The wife from “The Yellow Wallpaper” is obviously mentally ill. She might suffer from depression, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder, but we are never for sure. Throughout this literary work, the wife is shuffled around and not given much freedom. Her husband, a doctor, advises her of what to do and what not to do. For the majority of the piece, the wife is stuck in a room consisting of few objects and horrendously disturbing yellow wallpaper. Not only does her husband manipulate her into staying in bed and thinking she is completely helpless and ill, but the yellow wallpaper also manipulates her into having strange thoughts.
The dark setting and the little contrast of the painting leads me to think that Wyeth thought of Christina as a sad older woman slowly dying from polio. Just from the lack of distinction from the foreground to background, it could be told that the artist was trying to convey a certain mood. It was the lack of color and the subtle transitions in the tone that makes me think he was trying to convey to us that she had a very dull life and not a lot to do in her daily routine. The kitten also leads the viewer to believe that Christina does not have much time, told by the way the kitten is being grasped as if it is the only valuable piece of life left. Looking deeper into the picture the viewer is only able to see one empty clothes line hanging in the background, as it crosses the cracking and peeling walls, making it seem as if nothing could be a bother to the
Mr. J was kept in restraint without considering that Mr. J was not trying to get out of bed by himself. When the pressure ulcer was identified, the nurse neglected evidence which should have been a basis of removing restraint. Even if the risk of falling was high, a sound alarm could have been placed at the bedside, which Mr. J could have used when he wanted to use the bathroom. The body of Mr. J was in unnecessary discomfort due to restraint and constant pressure was causing ulcer in the back. Mr. J was diagnosed with mild dementia and was drowsy, so the nursing staff had put him in restraint.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is the type of short story that intrigues the reader and isn’t exactly what it seems like at first glance. It is full of hidden meanings and leaves the road open to many different interpretations. But one thing every reader will probably agree on is that the mental health of the narrator of the story seems to be deteriorating towards the end of the short story. The author uses this to show exactly how she is being restricted by her husband and many other men in her life. Times were different back then, and unfortunately women weren’t treated as fairly as men were.
In order to cure her "temporary nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendency" (Gilman 833) she is advised to do no work and to never to even think of her condition. This is the advice of her husband John who also fills the role as her physician. This response to mental instability is important to Gilman's own agenda. In being under the care of her own husband the narrator takes on the role of his inferior. She is even deemed with child-like affections such as "little girl" (Gilman 838) and her very place of confinement is a nursery.
She is not in relationship where she likes to lead a solitary life by she has accommodated her female relative probably because of her naïve nature and persuasiveness or that as a normal human being she has to have some one to talk. She has these weird dreams where she wakes up screaming and when she tell her roommate, the roommate sees it as a fantasy where the protagonist (Amanda) feels that no one really understands her and she refers to her self as a persistent asshole. Where this is not really comprehendible because of her speech deficiency. Its due to this deficiency that Amanda actually tries to avoid
She speaks about not being able to have kids and how men would attempt to flatter her but she would repeatedly reject them. This again makes you feel her loneliness in this world. Her solitude is present and even she realizes it and you can’t help but empathize with her. The notion of solitude dwindles and depresses her. She slightly discards the idea of being treated like the rest of the elderly and her friends who are dead, ill or residing in nursing homes.