With close reference to the story "The Yellow Wallpaper", explain John's character and his relationship with his wife.Be specific about John's character: use references, quotes and describe the...

With close reference to the story "The Yellow Wallpaper", explain John's character and his relationship with his wife.

Be specific about John's character: use references, quotes and describe the relationship and irony.

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John totally dominates the narrator of the story. She is immensely proud of him in the beginning -

John is practical in the extreme...John is a physician.

She is however, distressed that his diagnosis and treatment of her post natal depression is wrong, but as a mere woman she is powerless to protest-

If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency - what is one to do?

The narrator strives to be as sane as possible and puts on an act for John so as not to upset him, and to prove him right, of course, which is a great irony given the ending of the story.

I take pains to control myself - before him, at least.

He is patronising to his wife, calling her his 'blessed little goose' and 'little girl' and she tries so hard to acquiesce into his picture of her that she is driven mad with the effort-

"I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!"

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