Yellow Wallpaper

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The Marxist approach relies on the relationship between dominant and repressed classes. It also gives way to understanding how objective reality is conveyed in this story on a social level. In Charlotte P Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the writer delves into emotional and sociological issues combined. Applying the Marxist approach to this story gives readers insight on mental illness. This approach shows the effects, particular influence, and how it relates to dominant and repressed class interaction. Throughout the story this type interaction is a common theme. One example is of John: A physician of high standing is the writer’s own husband. In this story, the writer is forbidden to work by her “physician” husband. He then takes all care from her and assigns it to himself and others. It then leaves the writer feeling powerless. The writer has to submit her will and responsibilities to others. She is then put in a room with garish wallpaper. There she’s confined and is unable to work or write. The issue of mental illness is intertwined within this repressive control. The wallpaper then becomes something the writer is able to control. No one touches the paper but her. The writer’s very existence begins to imitate the reality of the wallpaper and now behaves as if she’s come out of it. The physician husband faints at the end as the writer now controls the wallpaper. The physician is powerless to stop or understand what is happening. This represents the objective reality in the story.
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