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Yellow Wallpaper ( A critical essay)

            In the short story The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman shows that a person can be manipulated into thinking that they are crazy and helpless when they really are the opposite. The man in the story, John, is her husband who is shown to be a doctor and tells his wife that he knows what is best for her. Ironically he is portrayed to be helping his wife and looking out for her, but what he is actually doing is trapping her in the room so she can't get out. The wife, who has no name, was put into a room and was bed rested for the rest of the summer staying at this house. Furthermore, the woman, escapes out of her own sickness and realizes that John was keeping her trapped and she did nothing but obeyed John when he gave an order. The woman saw that this was happening to her through the woman that lived in the yellow wallpaper. In this essay, I am going to show how ironic it is that the woman, who has no name, rescued herself with no one else's help, out of this state of being trapped by her husband.
             The story begins in the summer in a colonial mansion which was a hereditary estate. They were only staying there until the lease was up. The woman starts out telling us that, "John is a physician, and perhaps-(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is a dead paper and a great relief to my mind) - perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster". The woman thought that since her husband was a doctor, he would give her something that would make her better. John had made her to believe that she is extremely sick and he is doing everything he can for her. "I have a schedule prescription for each hour of the day; he takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more". She suffers from post- pardon syndrome. John's sister Mary comes to the house to help out with the baby. This irony portrays why John thinks she is crazy. "It is fortunate Mary is so good with the baby.

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