The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

What are the narrator's feelings about Dr. Mitchell?

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The narrator is terrified of the prospect of being sent to Weir Mitchell because she has heard that he is the same as John, only more so.

Gilman takes the opportunity in this section to make a boldly insulting reference to S. Weir Mitchell in this section. As the doctor who prescribed Gilman with a similar "rest cure" in 1887, Weir Mitchell is automatically presented as the underlying villain of the story, a physician who is “just like John and my brother, only more so!” The narrator fears Weir Mitchell to such an extent that she would rather stay in the nursery and attempt to cure herself with the wallpaper than see him. John’s use of a threat as a way to force the narrator into recovery is also significant, demonstrating his lack of respect for the narrator.