The Yellow Wallpaper- Insanity Preventions

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Having a positive mindset often leads to positivity. Likewise, having a negative mindset almost always leads to negativity. However, negativity tends to weigh a person down even more, with greater negative factors. Negativity leads to stress, depression, and in some cases mental issues. The woman in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s, “The Yellow Wallpaper” supports this theory tremendously. Her diagnosis of her poor mental health wasn’t revealed, however, many details support that her insanity could have been prevented. All of which include her husband improving their communication and relationship techniques, alternate surroundings or an alternate setting, and possibly even a friend to further comfort the woman.

There is no one to listen to her or care for her ‘personal’ opinions. Her husband cares for her, in a doctor’s fashion, but her doesn’t listen to her (Rao, 39). Dealing with a mentally ill patient can be difficult, however, it’s extremely inappropriate for her husband to be her doctor when he has a much larger job to fulfill. He solely treats his wife as a patient telling her only what could benefit her mental sickness rather than providing her with the companionship and support she desperately needs. If her husband would have communicated with her on a personal level, her insanity episode could have been prevented. Instead of telling her everything she needed he should’ve been there to listen and hear her out. Instead she had to seek an alternate audience, being her journal in which he then forbids her to do. All of this leads to the woman having nobody to speak or express emotion to. All of her deep and insane thoughts now fluttered through her head like bats in the Crystal Cave.

The narrator makes it se...

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...or that he was trying to be, a vacation or even to move into a more comforting and brightly presented house, and a friend to support and keep her mind off of anything that could’ve been bothering her. Positive people and surroundings always lead to a positive outcome. Likewise, negativity and suffocation always lead to the worst possible outcome and in this particular case, permanent insanity.

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Barth, Melissa E. "The Yellow Wallpaper." Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition (2004): 1-2. Literary Reference Center Plus. Web. 9 Feb. 2014.

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Page by Page Books, 2004. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

Rao, K. V. Rama. "The Yellow Wallpaper -- A Dynamic Symbol: A Study Of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Story." Poetcrit 19.1 (2006): 38-44. Literary Reference Center Plus. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.

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