The thought that men are strong and superior to women led the science field to disassociate mental disorders with men but completely attribute them with women. “Gender and Pathology In ‘The Yellow-Wallpaper’” by Juliann Fleenor the “female sickness” is what in those times was known as female hysteria. Which in today’s terms would have been some sort of depression or even stress-related illness, but nonetheless it was attributed as something that happened exclusively to women. In “The Yellow-Wallpaper” the protagonist’s husband is a physician that has her locked up in her house without being able to do anything, because the
The woman gives up trying to convince her husband that she is sick giving in to his authority and sense of superiority entwining her further into the social norms and gender roles dictated by society. In fact, there are instances throughout The Yellow Wallpaper where the woman gives up her rights and wants to the authority of her husband because both think that, since he is a man, he is right “I don’t like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs that opened onto the piazza and had roses all over the window, and such pretty old-fashioned chintz hangings! But John would not hear of it” (Gilman 549). The woman in The Yellow Wallpaper gave up trying to convince her husband that she did not want to stay in the room with the yellow wallpaper further giving into the social ideology of the
However, his inability to see past the witches’ equivocations—even as he utilizes the practice himself—ultimately leads to his downfall. Sometimes, equivocations in Macbeth are meant kindly, as when Ross tries to spare Macduff’s feelings by telling him that his wife and son are “well.” Macduff initially takes this to mean that his family is alive and healthy, but Ross means that they are dead and in heaven. More often than not, though, such ambiguous statements lead to harm. The witches’ deceptive prophecies are perhaps the most destructive instances of
What the Capulets did to Juliet explains why they were selfish because instead of respecting Juliet’s decision they thrash on her and say things to force her to become a wife. This disconnect with their daughter is why they were not able to save Juliet from death. The other factor that caused the demise of Romeo and Juliet was their want for their desires. For instants, Romeo did not think about the consequences of meeting with Juliet even though he was being hunted. For example, the balcony scene where Romeo is confessing his love to Juliet.
Hard Times portrays Stephen as a patient sufferer of the utilitarian system, presenting him in such a way that readers will sympathise with his misfortune. However, such an argument dismisses that Stephen is partially responsible for his own victimisation. One of his most defining flaws is his passive nature whereby he defers to the advice of others as well as being unwilling to change anything or challenge anyone, resulting in his life stagnating and slowly being entrapped by those that take action against him. Even as he visits Bounderby to seek a divorce to his bad marriage, he concedes to Bounderby opinion of his marital affairs who tells him “there is a sanctity in [marriage] […], it must be kept up” (Dickens 1.11.83). In addition, this chapter is titled ‘No Way Out’ which further emphasises Stephen being stuck.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator, Jane, has postpartum depression. In order to cure this depression, John, Jane’s husband and a doctor, administer the rest treatment on her. Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” through her personal experience. Along with writing “The Yellow Wallpaper” she wrote an explanation for why she wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Depression and isolation caused by the misdiagnosis caused Jane to go insane. The rest treatment was a common form of cure for people with depression.
While there, he asks her with complete seriousness: “Do you think there’s something in me that drives women crazy?” (Plath, 1971, p. 237). Despite reassuring Buddy that her illness and Joan’s suicide had nothing to do with him, he was definitely affected by her situation. Arguably, so was Joan, as Joan at least pretended that she exhibited symptoms at first so that she could be put in the same private mental health clinic as Esther. Esther’s depression also brought shame and insecurity to her
Provocation is something most professionals will not tolerate, but the doctor in this story was able to keep things under control. Nobody will accept defeat of any kind. This we can see after Mathilda was left with a sense of defeat, she changed from a defensive to an offensive approach as the doctor reveals, “now truly she was furious. She had been on the defensive before, but now she attacked. Tried to get off her father's lap and fly at me while tears of defeat blinded her eyes.” To conclude, “The Use of Force” in an interesting story with a happy end for three characters while the fourth character is left with a sense of defeat.
The antagonism between me and my nurse Ratched is the most interesting part of the story. We are in conflict because of our almost opposing characters. While the nurse is geared towards punishing and demoralizing law breakers, I am geared towards breaking the law and having fun, especially since my discharge date from the hospital is uncertain. In the first instance, I am denied permission to go out of the hospital having broken Ratched’s window. She would have been justified to do so since my intention was to escape with a prostitute I had acquainted myself with while in Portland.
It’s remarkable how these patterns happened through the centuries and is still occurring in some places. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the author brings to life the mental activity in a woman with a mental disorder. It’s phenomenal how the author explains detail by detail how the mind of the narrator works and how slowly through the story, she loses her mind to the yellow wallpaper. But, does she really loses her mind or finds freedom in the process? One would say that she enters a path with no return by ripping apart the wallpaper.