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by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In the story "The Yellow Wallpaper," in what ways is John to blame for his wife's descent into madness?  

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The narrator's husband, John, is depicted as an arrogant, ignorant physician, who refuses to listen to his wife's concerns and fully subscribes to the harmful "rest cure." Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell's rest cure involves a solitary rest period lasting between six and eight weeks and prohibits women from talking, reading, writing, or sewing in order to minimize their stress levels in hopes of improving their mental and physical health.

Despite John's intentions, the rest cure exacerbates his wife's nervous condition and severely damages her mental health. John contributes to his wife's nervous condition and mental breakdown by making her stay in the country and keeping her isolated in the top floor nursery.

John also prohibits his wife from socializing with others, leaving the house, or exercising. By refusing to allow her to keep a journal or occupy her mind, John secludes her in an ugly, ominous room. John also laughs at his wife's concerns and dramatically downplays her condition by...

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