This story is truly an example why a person, especially if you are medical physician, should never ignore a cry for help from someone who truly needs it. A person suffering from a nervous breakdown is a serious condition and should be treated as such. The mental state of a person suffering from this condition is so low that any little thing could trigger a drastic episode.

Take for instance the woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” who is recovering from a nervous breakdown. She is aware that she is not well and clearly wishes to be well again but her husband John is choosing to ignore her plea. She herself is baffled at her husband for his negligence, “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendency what is one to do?” (p746). It is clear that she feels so alone due to her troubles since she spends every day of her treatment in seclusion inside the “atrocious nursery” (p748). She cannot even depend on her own husband who is away most nights due to his other more serious cases but in my opinion I feel that tending to his wife should be his main priority. He feels that his position gives him superiority and that outweighs any opposition even his wife’s own voice. She is convinced of how drunk he is off his own ego, “John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him” (p748). Thanks to his absence his wife’s conditions worsens and she becomes a victim of her own twisted mind. If he had given her more attention she would have never become obsessed with the yellow wallpaper in the nursery so much that she joins with it, “But here I can creep smoothly on the floor, and my shoulder just fits in that long smooch around the wall, so I cannot lose my way” (p756). John fainting at the end of the story is perfect for he realizes how much he has failed and it is too much for him to bear.

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  1. Your view is very true, now that I think about it. I think the author even stated at the end that she went through a similar event, but instead of not doing anything as in work, she returned to her normal way of life; the key to making her better. This is quite opposite to what the main character did, she wanted to work but like you said was ignored to do so, criticized.

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