I am confused by the ending of The Yellow Wallpaper. Why did John faint and why is the narrator having to creep over him all the time?

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By the time the narrator's husband, John, returns to the house where his wife is being "treated" with the rest cure for her "hysteria"—a sort of catch-all term to describe anxiety or depressive disorders in women at the time—she is no longer herself. She's essentially had a complete mental breakdown where she now believes that she is the woman that she believes she has freed from the wallpaper. Unable to free herself and held practically a prisoner by her husband (who had good intentions but terrible methods), perhaps it is easier to believe that she is a free woman, even if it isn't the...

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He asked her what are you doing? When he finally was able to unlock the door. He faints because he finds her going into madness with ripped wallpapers all over the floor crawling up to the ceiling as shes ready to hang her self and looks at him below her shoulders. He then faints and she hangs her self and now shes found freedom with nomore suffering as she committed suicide and now she has to creep over him because shes hanging over him. (the doctors believed the cure to depression was isolation and depression may lead to suicide so its very important to treat depressed people accordingly and the author believed they should not leave  depressed people in isolation for they become insane and he wrote the book to prove to other doctors what it may lead to and unfortunately she commits suicide at the end. Nevertheless it opened up eyes for other docs not to leave depressed patience so isolated from society. Opened up a new chapter for psychologists. Hence this book became a legend.