In the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper
," the nameless narrator experiences postpartum depression. Her husband insists that she follow the "rest cure," which was designed to minimize distressing stimulation and promote physical health among women suffering from nervous disorders. However, the extreme isolation and lack of physical and mental activity stemming from the "rest cure" compound the narrator's mental illness as she completely loses touch with reality. The narrator tears the wallpaper, wraps it around her body, gnaws at the bedpost, and begins crawling on the room. At the end of the story, John finally manages to open the door and witnesses his wife crawling in a manic state. John is shocked and frightened by his wife's disturbing condition and behavior, which is why he faints upon seeing her.
The nameless narrator "creeps" throughout the room to avoid suspicion and prevent John and Jane from entering her room. The narrator is obsessed with freeing the imaginary woman trapped...
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