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In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” we are introduced to a woman who enjoys writing. Gilman does not give the reader the name of the women who narrates the story through her stream of consciousness. She shares that she has a nervous depression condition. John, the narrator’s husband feels it is “a slight hysterical tendency” (266). She has been treated for some nervous habits that she feels are legitimately causing harm to her way of life. However she feels her husband, a physician, and her doctor believe that she is embellishing her condition. The woman shares with the reader early in the story that she is defensive of how others around her perceive her emotional state. This causes a small abrasion of animosity that festers into an infection of insanity.
To the narrator, John’s sister, Jennie represents the quintessential Victorian housewife. He has a demand at work seeing patients. This is difficult because he cannot rely on his wife to take care of herself. Jennie is a great housekeeper and does everything that is expected of her. She is an example of the …