She then proposed to send a copy to the physician who never acknowledged it. While Perkins Gilman did not hallucinate or have delusions about her own wall coverings, she embellishes her story to bring the point home more forcefully. The narrator in the short story is not so fortunate. The narrator is unable to avoid the descent into full blown insanity that Perkins Gilman herself escaped. Her ripping down of the wallpaper that represents the oppression surrounding her is a victory of independence but nonetheless a sign of her complete descent into madness ďIíve got out at last. In spite of you and Jane. And Iíve pulled off most of the paper, so you canít put me back!Ē (Perkins Gilman 19).
The narrator in the short story lives inside the orders