Gilman's story is an emotional tale of a woman that is obviously afflicted by a mental illness. The audience witnesses the progression of her illness as her husband sits by and seemingly refuses to admit it is anything more than "temporary nervous depression" (Gilman 158). One is led to believe that John is neglecting his wife simply by the things he says. In one definition, the Encarta Dictionary describes "treatment" as "the particular way in which somebody or something is dealt with or handled" ("treatment"). In the time period during which "The Yellow Wallpaper" was written, it was very common to use a "wait and see" approach with many afflictions. Early in the text, John refers to his wife as a "little girl." Just by listening to his words, the audience can easily presume that John feels as though he is taking care of a little girl. Many times in the case of mental illness patients, clear connections can be made to the taking care of a young child.... [continues]
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