In "The Yellow Wallpaper," why does the narrator's husband laugh at her?

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Asserting his position as the dominant male, John does not treat his wife as an equal. He treats her more like a child. He suppresses her writing, one of the ways she expresses herself. In this case, he literally silences her voice, saying she should not work and not even think about her condition. It is likely that she suffers from post-partum depression but it is also likely that John's condescension and manipulations exacerbate this condition. In fact, he does not take her "nervousness" seriously. This...

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