“The Yellow Wallpaper” Character Study

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” Character Study
In the short story created originally by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the female narrator intentionally unnamed, the main character, is driven to an unstable neurologic state of mind. Ironically, the narrator’s husband John, a credible physician whose honest intentions are to rehabilitate the woman, finally provoking her to the edge of insanity. As the story plot continues the narrator’s nervousness intensifies so insidious.

The narrator can best be described as a round character, that lacks the ability to express her personal opinions, and which struggles to exert self-control over her situation. The relationship with her husband the protagonist starts as been stable, but believes John, as a physician is often unable to understand her actual mental condition. To add to her struggles, his brother also a physician and Jennie her sister in law, both play a flat characters whom are supportive towards the narrator, although believed by the woman, are not unable to comprehend her situation and add to the conflict. According to Linda Wagner-Martin in the article “The Yellow Wallpaper: Overview,” she describes the relationship between John and the narrator, as a father and daughter relationship stating; “His wife is the child, and she doesn’t know even the simplest things about what ails her.” (Wagner-Martin par.3) This indicates how the woman to a certain level felt imprisoned her family.

In addition to her family, the woman also faces other struggles including the unpleasant wallpaper, which feeds to the raising action. Although, the narrator becomes fond of many aspects of the rented home including the “delicious garden”, (Gilman page 548) she cannot seem to ignore the provoking wall pattern that lies in her upstairs bedroom. As a result, the woman secretly writes her thoughts on paper, and begins to acknowledge that there is something intriguing about the wallpaper.

The day becomes night, and the...
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