Theme Of Madness In The Yellow Wallpaper

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“There are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast. I wonder if they all come out of the wallpaper as I did?”(Gilman 244). Confinement and isolation can be unhealthy for the human brain; it can eventually lead to insanity. After being repressed from her own thoughts and a prisoner in her own ,mind she started to lose touch with reality. Everyone around
Jane tries to repress from releasing her imagination. Her own husband, John tries to belittle and mistreat her till she has no self confidence. In the story, her husband treated her as a fragile being which eventually led to her mental deterioration. In Charlotte Gilman’s, “The Yellow
Wallpaper” Jane, the narrator, descends into madness and loses her sanity. This suggest the theme of “The Yellow Wallpaper” is mental instability due to being confined and repressed by her loved ones. Jane was never allowed to express herself later leading to the deterioration of her mind.
“I verily believe she thinks it is writing which made me sick”(Gilman 236). The housekeeper was one of the people who tried to stop Jane from writing. This quote shows how she was being repressed by the housekeeper. Her husband, John, was also a reason she suffered from a mental illness. “. . . He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies . . .”(Gilman 235). John tore
Janes ' mind down by telling her that her mind was a weakness and, she did not
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