The heroine’s belief that her husband did not believe she was ill in “The Yellow Wall-Paper” was accurate. As mentioned, John is a doctor and “John is practical in the extreme. He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition, and he scoffs openly at any talk of thing not to be felt and seen and put down in figures”(639). Since psychological disorders are not “seen,” John dismisses his wife’s warnings throughout the story, “John does not know how much I really suffer.
He knows there is no reason to suffer and that satisfies him” (641). John simply feels that all she had to do was not think, “He says no one buy myself can help me out of it, that I must use my will and self-control and not let any silly fancies run away with me” (644).
In addition, John was “kept in town very often by serious cases” (643) – as if her case wasn’t. When she tried to talk to him, for him to take her away because she was not getting better, he simply explained to her that she was better, “…whether you can see it or not.
I am a doctor, dear, and I know” (645) and even mocked her, “Bless her little heart! She shall be as sick as she pleases” (645).
It is confirmed that John didn’t believe his wife when he finally realized how mentally disturbed she really was at the end of the story; when he saw her “creeping” around and he fainted.
One great example of the Christian cruelty as well as the humanity of the Indians is when they sent Morton off to an island to fend for himself and the Indians were the ones that came to his aid “relieved by savages that took notice that mine host was a sachem of Passonagessit, and would bring bottles of strong liquor to him and unite themselves into a league of brotherhood with mine host, so full of humanity are these infidels before those Christians”(113).
Add to this the fact that the separatists burned down Morton’s Maypole because they saw it as sacrilegious bad behavior. “The setting up of this Maypole was a lamentable spectacle to the precise separatists that lived at new Plymouth. They termed it an idol; yea, they called it the Calf of Horeb and stood at defiance with the place, naming it Mount Dagon, threatening to make it a woeful mount and not a merry mount” (107).