Charlotte Perkins Gilman

“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?” From this sentences , the narrator kept trying to convincing her husband and everyone around her that she is ill. But her husband is a physician and found nothing wrong with her. The narrator seem to have a very wild imagination, and something just didn’t seem right.

“My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing, and he says the same thing.” This is another quote that proves that there is nothing wrong with her, and she is making an excuse to be sick so people can take care of her. Even her brother who is a physician also said the same thing as her husband. So we can tell that there is some untruthful behavior from the narrator, which makes me felt that the narrator isn’t reliable. The narrator doesn’t seem to have anything wrong with her, or this was all in her head.

“I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.” This quote show to me that the narrator is unreliable because, she mention if she is well enough she is able to write, but so far she been writing about all of her complains about what design she didn’t like. The narrator ways of getting better from her illness is to do nothing at all, and rely on her husband john to take care of her. The narrator way to escape this depression is to write.

“Then he took me in his arms and called me a blessed little goose, and said he would go down cellar if I wished, and have it whitewashed into the bargain.” Her husband John despite thinking that his wife condition is not that serious but still does what she wants, because he is caring.

“John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.” The narrator seem to be always complaining and exaggerating about how sick she is, and how her husband john is always not considering how ill she was. He was very much concern about her condition in general.

“My darling,” said he, “I beg of you, for my sake and for our child’s sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind! There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is a false and foolish fancy. Can you not trust me as a physician when I tell you so?” This show how much her husband cares for her, despite the fact that her illness is based on her nervous depression. It felt to me like the little things that the narrator is depicting about the house, like the yellow wall paper and how she didn’t like it, and how much it disturbed her, which can be an excuse to why she feeling depress due to her surrounding.

The narrator later started to hide her journals writing from her husband, but she was still not happy about the fact that he still shows very little concern about her illness. The narrator seem to have a very wild imagination, which her husband was against. Her obsession with wall paper grew over time, and she couldn’t stop herself. Her possession with wallpaper, and pattern had trapped her, and causes her insanity.

3 thoughts on “Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  1. Jody R. Rosen

    Be sure to categorize your post so everyone can find it! Use the categories Homework and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Feel free to add any tags you think would help link your work to continued conversations we’re having this semester.

  2. Tyra

    I agree with the fact that the husband shows little concern about his wife’s illness. She also does have a wild imagination which leads to her really lose control when it comes to the yellow wallpaper.

  3. Jody R. Rosen

    Linh reads the narrator as unreliable, in part because she is always complaining even though her husband is concerned for her. Yet we only encounter John through the narrator. What motivates her to depict him as so caring if she feels she’s not getting the care she needs?


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