What Are The Similarities Between Harold Krebs And The Yellow Wallpaper

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Jamie Hobbs Ms. Birkhead 20th Century Literature A233 29 September 2015 Comparison/Contrast of The Harold Krebs and the Narrator In the early 20th century no one had any great understanding of a psychological illness and the outcome was the suffering of many ill patients. "Soldiers Home" takes place right after the war in 1919 and shows how the war can effect a man 's perception on life immensely. "The Yellow wallpaper" takes place during the late nineteenth century in a large summer home. This story shows the stereotype of a woman and how they can almost come to insanity. Although Harold Krebs and the narrator from "The Yellow Wallpaper" have different gender roles, both have a form of stress disorder that separates the real world from their fantasy. Harold Krebs is the main character in Hemingway 's "Soldier 's Home." Krebs has recently returned home after fighting Europe during WWI. In his small western town Krebs suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, "Shell Shock." PTSD, or Post …show more content…

The narrator of "The Yellow Wallpaper" is the main character in the short novel. She is a young newly married mother in the upper middle class who is very imaginative. The narrator is going through a stage of depression and believes the house they have temporarily moved into is haunted. What the narrator is actually experiencing is called Postpartum depression, depression suffered by a mother following childbirth. This illness can arise from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue. As the narrator becomes more fascinated with the wallpaper she moves progressively away from her normal day-to-day routines and lifestyle. When the narrator finally recognizes herself as the woman trapped in the wallpaper she screams at her husband "I 've got out at last," (Gilman 656) "you can 't put me back" (Gilman 656). She realizes woman are forced to hide behind the internal patterns of their lives and they need that she needs to be

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