Yellow the Color of Madness

Topics: Alter ego, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Childbirth Pages: 3 (1010 words) Published: November 13, 2011
Yellow, the color of madness

The main character in Charlotte P.Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, narrates her own life and describes her struggle with depression which by the end of the story evolved into insanity. Narrator’s husband, John, treats her like a small child, forbids her to express herself, and keeps her bound to restricted room. Due to her husbands actions she becomes physically, emotionally and socially isolated, which ultimately made her insane.

"The Yellow Wallpaper" begins with the arrival of narrator, her husband John, their new born baby, and her sister-in-law to summer house which John have rented. The narrator is suffering from post-partum depression, and the summer house will serve, according to her husband, as a place for her to get better. She describes it in romantic terms as an aristocratic estate or even a haunted house and wonders how they were able to afford it, and why the house had been empty for so long. Her feeling that there is “something queer” about the situation leads her into a discussion of her illness—she is suffering from “nervous depression”—and of her marriage

n 18th century illnesses, such as depression, were not existent or discovered. In this case, our main character, who is also a narrator of the story, suffers from “temporary nervous depression”(p. 54) in 18th century. Her condition becomes more severe due to isolation that was made to her. The narrator’s husband, who is a doctor, believes that treatment of solitude will do her good. “He said we came here solely on my account; that I was to have perfect rest and all the air I could get” (p. 155). At first the narrator seems to be loving the idea of being away from home, but that changes once they arrive in mansion which they rented. “No wonder the children hated it! I should hate it myself if I had to live in this room long” (p. 156). John, the narrator's husband has chosen upon a room, for the two of them, that is surrounded with physical...
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