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What does the quote "John is a physician... perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster" from "The Yellow Wallpaper" mean?

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"The Yellow Wallpaper" presents a multidimensional critique of a social structure dominated by men. Women's lives are dictated by the men around them, who can invalidate their thoughts, wishes, and choices with impunity. For the woman in the story and the women in real life, this imbalance of power has catastrophic consequences. The quote identified here represents an intersection of institutional and interpersonal oppression between the narrator and her husband. As her husband, John controls where the narrator lives and what she does. As her physician, John delegitimizes the narrator's thoughts and desires while providing a medical justification for controlling her life. In the story, the narrator's doctor and husband are literally the same person, which is why John is "the one" reason the narrator's condition does not improve. In reality, women are subject to the scrutiny and unquestioned power of men: husbands, fathers, brothers, doctors, lawyers, and so on. As the previous Educator mentioned, this short story is a classic and enduring piece of feminist literature.

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The short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a story of a woman as she descends into a mixed madness due to her stifling environment. The reason that the narrator mentions that her husband is a physician and then suggests that this may have something to do with the fact that she is not getting better at a quicker rate, is because it is her husband that is truly causing her to get worse. As a physician, he is focused on her physical health, and physically there seems to be nothing wrong with her. She states, "You see, he does not believe I am sick!". This is due to the fact that she is not physically but mentally ill. His prescribed rest cure is counterproductive for a mental illness. This is written as a work of feminism literature. Her restricted life in the story results in the horrifying ending.

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Why does the narrator of "The Yellow Wallpaper" say John’s profession is “perhaps . . . one reason I do not get well faster"? Who else supports John’s diagnosis?

The narrator’s husband, John, is a physician. He is utterly committed to the supremacy of science. His evaluation of his wife’s condition as a slight hysteria or temporary depression fails to encompass her need for autonomy, as he ignores her requests and dictates a regimen that he believes will cure her. The narrator calls attention to arrogance associated with the profession of physician, but she also mentions that he was dismissive of her concerns before she became ill.

In the statement, she may also be implying that refusal to comply with his demands is a form of resistance by which she asserts her own identity and will. Jennie, his sister and their housekeeper, abides by her brother’s behavior, but she may be harboring her own doubts about the reasons behind it.

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