Professor Gaylene McPherson
English 102 Critical Thinking: Comp. & Lit.
Character Analysis “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Many woman now a days suffer from a nervous condition known as postpartum
depression which can have a big impact on a woman’s life, it can even impact the people around
her. In the story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman we learn that the main
character is suffering from this type of depression. The protagonist is in confinement due to her
treatment, she is kept isolated in a room that has “the yellow wallpaper” where she is to stay in
hopes of recovering from postpartum depression. Her husband John, who also happens to be her
doctor is prescribing that she stay in the room and get plenty of rest, also that she does not
participate in any type of activity. She eventually detaches from reality, while her imagination
turns into hallucinations and she becomes more and more paranoid.
In this story we learn a lot about the narrator, she is forbidden to have any type of
imagination, which leaves her feeling emotionally distressed and frustrated. She ignores her
husbands orders and begins to fill her brain with imagination about this yellow wallpaper that
fills the room. It’s as if she sta...