Pleading Insanity Essay Sample

Pleading Insanity Essay Sample

.. ! And what can one do?” (Lines # 14, 15) or, “Personally I disagree with their [her husband’s and her brother’s] ideas… But what is one to do?” (Lines # 22, 25) This leads to a situation in which the narrator loses control and slips into a world of fantasy and ultimately—insanity.
The mistaken prescription of doctors in the past for conditions of depression and nervous breakdown, i.e., complete bed rest and avoidance of work and normal interaction with others, as suggested by the physician husband for his wife in the story, is another major reason behind the insanity of the narrator. Her husband’s restriction on her desire to write (“…am absolutely forbidden to “work” until I am well again.”-Line # 21) that may have acted as a catharsis for her condition is another source of insanity for her. In this context too, her observation, “Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good” (line # 23, 24) is futile as the dominant male figures in her life (her husband and her brother) hold the all important ‘veto’ over her.

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