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yellow wallpaper

People are not always able to associate with their families. Sometimes they can put on an act in order to get along with the family; however, they do not really fit in. In the story "Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the wife does not fit in with the family in many different ways.She does, however, try her best to fit in.
One way that the author illustrates her not fitting with the family is because she is sick. She is living her life in a very depressed state, and John, her husband, does not want to believe it. The evidence of her being depressed is shown by how she sleeps all day and does not eat. John tries his best to believe that she is not sick, when in fact it shows through quite clearly that she is. Her husband tries to get her to do all different sorts of things to heal her. Yet he still denies that she is even the slightest bit sick. She says that she takes "phosphates, and tonics, and gets air and exercise, and she is absolutely forbidden to work until she is well again" (184). It is odd that John makes her do all this and still denies her sickness.
It seems as though the wife has a slight mental problem.This leads to yet another way that she does not fit in with the family. She imagines that there are things in the yellow wallpaper in her room. She states that, "the front pattern does move and no wonder the woman behind shakes it"(193). It seems as though her husband is really overlooking how serious her condition is.As the story goes on, she physically gets better, but she gets much worse mentally. She tells her husband that the woman behind the yellow wallpaper creeps around the room during the day. She also tells him that she likes to creep around just like the lady in the wallpaper. She thinks that by doing this she will catch the woman in the paper. She says, "I've got a rope up here even Jennie couldn't find and if that woman does get out, and tries …


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