In the story of “The Yellow Paper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, it is basically telling a woman who had slight depression after the postpartum, after that she was taken to an elite housing located in a village for a therapy by her husband. Her husband is a physician which practical in the extreme. He placed her into room which full with the ugly yellow wallpaper. She was separated from her child, she was not allowed to leave the house, she was not allowed to write or to do anything she liked. She can only face the yellow all day long, eventually she began to see illusion and thought there was a woman hidden behind the yellow wallpaper, she ripped off all yellow wallpaper to save the woman behind which was actually an illusion and totally became insane.
In the first page, paragraph six, the narrator said “John is practical in the extreme. He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition.” Through this sentence we can actually see that the woman’s husband was actually full of male chauvinism, he thought everything he did to his wife was correct, but he did not know it was too much for his wife. He actually restricted the freedom of his wife. The author also mentioned that “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 — s alight hysterical tendency.” He forced his wife to take the treatment in the way he wanted, however, his wife did not want to take it but she did not want to go against with her husband.
She was actually placed in a beautiful house located in the village. However, her husband thought she needed the perfect rest and put her into a nursery on the top of the house. In the room, there was nothing but some ugly yellow wallpaper, just like the author said, “the color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.” The woman was not allowed to go out or do anything she liked but just facing these yellow wallpaper, she already had a slight hysterical tendency, and now this way would make it worse. She could not relax herself with restricting in such situation, she would just get more depress after all.
At the end of the story, the woman ripped off all yellow wallpaper to release another woman which had the similar situation as she did, unfortunately that was just an illusion from her mind, there was never a woman hidden behind the yellow wallpaper. She was obliged by her husband and lost her freedom, and then she came up with an illusion of hidden woman behind the yellow wallpaper, and she was going to save her from there. However, all these was what she desired from her husband, she did not want to be treated like this. All these feelings were put in the last two paragraph of the story, “I’ve got out at last,” said I, “in spite of you and Jane. And I’ve pulled off most of the paper, so you can’t put me back!” Too much depressions coming across her mind, and finally got her freedom, unfortunately she was already insane at this period, and all these was because of her husband, always be practical in extreme and treat his wife in the correct way he thought, finally lead to the madness of the woman.