Like the other Educator said, the two female characters in both stories don’t necessarily suffer from the same mental illness but are rather pushed to do things they wouldn’t have normally because of their husbands’ actions.
The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” likely experiences a form of postpartum depression with psychosis, by modern interpretations of her symptoms and the circumstances leading to her illness. Her husband, as a physician and man, insists that he knows what is best to treat what ails his wife, despite her repeated pleas for a different course of treatment and worsening condition. In this way, the narrator’s mental illness is only exacerbated by the patriarchal structure of marriage. Her agency is denied and she is at the mercy of her husband’s judgment, even in matters of health.
Similarly, Mrs. Wright is dominated by her husband. According to the conclusions of both Mrs. Hale and Peters, Mrs. Wright’s husband abused his wife and manipulated her...
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