The Yellow Wallpaper Obstacles

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The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins follows the story of the narrator Jane and her physician husband, John, who move to a colonial mansion shortly after the birth of their newborn baby in order to help his wife recover from hysteria and different forms of depression. The sporadic emotions that the narrator face are linked to postpartum depression caused by the recent birth of their baby. This selection, is a story about the progress to insanity and freedom by resolving personal issues. It shows how everyone deals with their personal obstacles in different ways; some people take longer to resolve their problems, and some people even ignore the trouble itself. The Yellow Wallpaper is a perfect example of this because there are several…show more content…
He forces his wife, the narrator, to confront new problems and fix them in more of a restricting way using self imagination and creativity. Although John tries to bypass and escape his problems, this is not the case for his wife who chooses to solve her personal obstacles differently. The narrator is very self aware of her problems in life and despite what her doctor and husband suggest, she tackles them head on by confronting her feelings and issues in her journal. For example, when the narrator says, “I did write for a while in spite of them,” (648). She shows that she knows that hey forbid her from writing, but it is the only way that she knows she will get better. Even though she will well aware that her husband, sister and doctor find it a un- likely cure and are against it. We are also to that the narrator tries to cope with her problems as well. Unlike John, who simply ignores his obstacles, the narrator descends into a sense of imagination to help mentally heal herself. The narrator becomes almost compulsively obsessed with the idea of freeing the women behind the bars of the yellow wallpaper. She says, “There are things in that paper which nobody knows but me, or ever will. Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day. It is always the same shape, only very numerous. And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don’t like it a bit. I wonder—I begin to think—I wish John would take me away from here!” (652). The narrator says this line halfway through the story when the sub pattern of the yellow wallpaper finally come into her full focus. She, at this point, is being further drawn into he own alternate fantasy which by the end of the text is the only way of means that she is fully capable of dealing with her personal obstacles and healing herself of her
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