The Yellow Wallpaper Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why have the narrator and her husband rented the summer house?

The narrator and her husband have rented the summer house as a place for the narrator to rest. She has just had a baby andis suffering from post-partum depression.

2. How does the narrator say John feels about intangible things?

The narrator says John scoffs openly about things that are not seen and felt and put down in “figures”. She says he is practical, as he is a physician.

3. Why does the narrator suggest she’s not getting well because ofthe fact that her husband is a physician? What does this say about their relationship?

The narrator feels John is being overly protective and not looking at her individually, but merely dismissing her and treating her like a patient, rather than his wife.

4. How does the narrator initially explain her condition?

The narrator initially explains her contidiont as a temporary nervous depression, slight hysteria.

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