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Analysis Of John In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins

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The character of the husband, John, in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is introduced as a respected physician and a caring husband who strives to improve the mental health of his wife, the narrator, who is diagnosed with temporary nervous condition. John tries throughout the story to apply professional treatment methods and medications in his approach to helping his wife gain strength. However, his patient, his wife, seems to disregard John’s professional opinions and act as if she is following his advices only during his awakening presence with her. The narrator seems to be in need of John’s positive opinion about the status of her mental condition in order to avoid the ...view middle of the document...

As mentioned, the narrator disagrees with John’s method and says “I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good” (Gilman 113). The narrator believes she would get better by doing things John would not approve of such as having certain company over, moving to another room during her stay at this estate, or writing her thoughts.
“He said he came here solely on my account” (Gilman 114). The narrator obviously was under mental pressure as she constantly throughout the story discusses how she knows her husband loves her unconditionally and yet her perception of his love is always translated into fear of disobedience, where she feels if she doesn’t follow his professional advice and orders she would receive great criticism, also she feels guilty most of the time because she thinks if she stands up to his thoughts of her medical treatment that she would add burden, unnecessary obligations and discomfort to his life. The feeling of guilt and the need to provide John with comfort drives the narrator to isolate her thoughts and feelings even deeper, which in turn, worsens her mental condition as quoted by the narrator “It is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he loves me so” (Gilman 119). John believes that his wife’s condition is only getting better, “Better in body perhaps” replies the narrator (Gilman 119) with a tone of criticism but is immediately confronted with a dose of guilt and characterized with selfishness by her husband and physician.
The narrator’s bottled feelings, “[she] cries at nothing, and cries most of the time. Of course [she] doesn’t when John is there” (the narrator 117) and isolation during most of her stay at this beautiful and yet creepy estate becomes a deciding factor in her condition. It is clear that her fancy climbs to the extreme and her mental status keeps deteriorating as the days go by. She starts to...

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