This are the corrections we made about our first essay of the Yellow-Wall Paper, and we made a conclusion.
The “Yellow Wall-Paper” is a gothic story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman-, The protagonist is a woman who was diagnosed of an after birth depression, she had recently been a mother and her child was taken away because of this “depression” she had. John is her husband who is a professional and during the story we can identify that in many ways he could be the villain of the story. However, though his actions may have a negative effect on his wife, those results are not his intentions. Therefore is is a villain though he is unaware of that condition.
The setting of the story is in the 19th century with positivism. This new ideology changed everyone’s way of thinking,was at its peak, and this scientific trend is what makes John the villain, ven though he does not mean. People started looking for scientific answers and John was a doctor and we can say he is the epitome of positivism, “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband assures there is a temporary nervous depression”, he truly believed he was doing the right things to help his wife. John left aside his feelings and emotions, he was more concerned about the medical results, than what she was feeling “-dear, you are better … -Better in body perhaps” he was making her say what he wanted to listen. He told her she looked better, physically she was happier and not so skinny, but she responds that she was not feeling better in her inside, maybe on the outside, the appearance, “John does not know how much I really suffer” she was hiding and repressing her feelings and thoughts so that John would not be scared nor send her to an hospital,“But john says that if I do not get well faster he shall send me to Weir Mitchell in the fall”, He was convinced that was a temporary illness and maybe she was just being herself. This is why we can say that John was a villain, because he treated her wife as another case, and he tried to convince her and himself that she was better that was what he wanted to listen and which was not the truth.
John was prohibiting her wife to express herself, to be free. He forbidden her to read or write “There comes John, and I must put this away, he hates to have me write a word” The woman was alone and bored, it was not fair that John did not let her read nor write. Also, the woman asked him to change to another bedrooms, she felt that there was something wrong about that room, but John behave as an ignorant and told her they were going to stay up there because is was better for her, “Then do let us go downstairs” but they did not, they stay at that room which made her feel uncomfortable and nervous at the beginning.
When John put her wife in that room, isolated from the rest of the house, when he did not let her do exercise, write about anything or even to see her own baby it was because he thought that he was doing the right thing, he was helping her wife. ”John is a physician and perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster” he was not the indicated doctor that would have made her feel better, he was a physician but he was absolutely convinced that he was doing the right thing, that he was helping the person he loved and he was married with. “John says the worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad” the narrator here confess that some things that John was doing, made her feel better. So he was trying to help, and he did not knew he was not doing the right things. So such ignorance reproduced his villainy.
In the light on the previous analysis, we can say that John was partly the villain of the story, because the Positivism was the main cause why John acted as her wife was another case and only acted using his rationality and not his heart. But also, Women weren’t allowed to read nor write because of the social gaze, and as John was part of it he didn’t let her wife to express herself and by this he was repressing her. But all these things weren’t done on purpose, John was just trying to do the best for his wife because he loved her but he didn’t realized he was not helping her.