The Effect of Medical Isolation in Charlotte Gilman’s the Yellow Wallpaper


  • Raphiphat Phatthana Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University


Illness Narratives, Patients Right, Medical Isolation


Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is one of literary texts which question the legitimacy of the physicians and medical establishments’ authority in relation to medical isolation prescription. The study aims to analyze three effects of the medical isolation namely, 1) the personal rights violation, 2) the effects on family institution and 3) economic impact. For theoretical framework, the researcher limits the scope of the study solely to the illness narratives theories. The conclusion of the study suggests that physicians manage to use academic and social superiority to exercise their authority over patients’ freedom and enforce the use of medical isolation despite having inadequate knowledge. This study suggests that patients should be treated with empathy. In case that the medical isolation is assigned, the wellbeing aspect must also be taken into consideration. Additionally, the confined space must be well-maintained and kept in a good condition.


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How to Cite

Phatthana, R. (2024). The Effect of Medical Isolation in Charlotte Gilman’s the Yellow Wallpaper. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences for Sustainable Development, 7(1), 21–31. Retrieved from