In "The Yellow Wallpaper," how would you describe the relationship between the patient and her caregivers?

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The short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman takes the form of a journal, which tells of the narrator, ostensibly brought to the countryside for a cure, becoming more and more unhinged until she descends into madness. She imagines that a woman is trapped behind the garish yellow wallpaper of her bedroom, but when she attempts to free the woman by ripping away the wallpaper, she discovers that the woman is herself.

The relationship between the woman and her caregivers—her husband and her husband's sister—is crucial to the plot. Both of them are condescending to her and dismissive of her illness. Her husband believes that it is only a "temporary nervous depression—a slight hysterical tendency." By minimizing the patient's malady in this way, he remains ignorant of the more serious obsessions that are consuming her. When she tries to explain to him how she feels, he makes light of her thoughts, obviously convinced that, because he is a physician, he knows what's...

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