The narrator of the story is never referred to by name throughout the entire work, however a questionable statement made by the narrator at the end of the story leads many to believe her name is Jane. She had nightmares as a child; she loves that their house is supposedly haunted. With her name a possible allusion to the Virgin Mary, Mary is the perfect mother-surrogate for the narrator, an idealized maternal figure whose only concern is her child. He loves me very dearly, and hates to have me sick. Once the narrator has stripped off most of the yellow wallpaper, all that remains is the conforming selfthe creation of social convention. The treatment usually lasted over the course of many weeks or months.
Gilman started treatment with Dr. While she discards her duty as a wife and mother, as well as her sanity, the narrator ultimately triumphs in her personal quest to release the woman in the wallpaper - and thus liberates herself. I have a schedule prescription for each hour in the day; he takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more. I thought about what writing does for her health and what it might mean also for the actual author Gilman. I must not let her find me writing. He also agrees upon the fact that Jane is on Johns side watching her every move, Jane being the conforming part of the narrator, not Jennie. The meaning of this sentence is pertinent to understanding the story of The Yellow Wallpaper and for the reader to understand that the narrator has two separate selves.
She has wanted to strangle the woman behind the papertie her with a rope. This means that Jane is even isolated from her baby. Having no reason to cry or to be angry, yet exhibiting those behaviors in extreme fashions only exacerbates the point that she is clinically depressed. This is saying that the narrator has two selves. We only read the name Jane once in The Yellow Wallpaper, and this is at the very end. The mansion is more than just a creepy house that the reader is informed of; however it becomes the place that both husbands dominate in and the reasons why the women become segregated and repressed.
There are many reasons to believe the narrator to be Jane and reject the assumption of a mere typo. The author used the element of repetition in describing the yellow wallpaper, this shows that the wallpaper is of importance and how the speaker is paranoid and imaginative. This also made me think about the act of writing, since you literally envision the protagonist of the story writing the story. Elaine Hedges describes greatly the state of this woman: But in her mad-sane way she has seen the situation of women for what it is. The things that the narrator says, hints at, does, and explains all points toward one universal truth: postpartum depression. Charlotte married an artist by the name of Charles Stetson in 1884 and they had a daughter named Katherine.
Mary Mary takes care of the narrator and John's baby. For example, the narrator tell us, 'John says if I feel so angry , I shall neglect proper self-control; so I take pains to control myself - before him, at least, and that makes me very tired. Through this story she is slowly driven insane by her isolation as she begins to see women trapped in her wallpaper. For example, the yellow wallpaper represents the situation that women are trapped in during the author's time. You are gaining flesh and color,.
I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard! This tells us that she is away from the baby, and it makes her nervous. By rejecting that woman she might free the other, imprisoned woman within herself. Her husband John rents a house for the Summer, believing that the change in environment will secure her recovery. The passage that comes into question on this issue is when the narrator retorts to her husband, Ive got out at last, in spite of you and Jane 172. There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours.
Unable to escape John's codes of propriety, the narrator turns to her journal, which is perhaps a natural gesture--can we conceive of another alternative? Regardless, it was quite thrilling to hear the voice of the woman in the wallpaper, affirming she is real and that mental disorders are real. And what can one do? Her role as a woman, as a mental patient, and. You are gaining flesh and color, your appetite is better, I feel really much easier about you. Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. I verily believe she thinks it is the writing which made me sick! Why Do We Only Learn Her Name at the End? Bibliography: Works Cited Delashmit, Margaret and Charles Long. A common misconception of the identity of Jane is that she is actually Jennie, the sister-in-law and housekeeper. To put it another way, Jane cannot read a story that describes her as a creeping woman.
The theme of this story is a woman's fall into insanity resulting from. Gilmans Interminable Grotesque: The Narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper. And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back! Through the symbol, the readers learn how tragic women can be when they are not independent. She is restricted to that room and begins to write her thoughts and feelings. There are times in the story that she gets really angry with her husband, John.