Looking at The Yellow Wallpaper a second time

Looking back at The Yellow Wallpaper, following our class discussion, I looked deeper into why the narrator’s husband may have been doing what he was. Given his situation, it’s arguable from the narrator’s perspective that the husband never cared, or just tried to distance her from society because of her illness, and never made time for her. However, as we saw the story press on, we saw her condition grow worse and worse, something her husband obviously never wanted to happen. In his defense, I believe that he became too overcome with work to focus on her gradual condition. However, given her condition at the end of the article, it’s for the best that she was away from the city, and on her own in the building they stayed in. 

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One thought on “Looking at The Yellow Wallpaper a second time

  1. I am so interested in your reading of the husband’s character. I think there is plenty of evidence in the story to support your claim but Gilman’s use of POV and the gloss the narrator’s psyche has on her description of her husband makes it all quite messy to pin down. What does seem to be clear, though, is that he is not deriving much pleasure in watching his wife’s condition deteriorate.

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