At the end of the story, the narrator is seduced by an act of insanity. She starts crawling around the room in circles and touching the wallpaper. When John, her husband, faints, the narrator proceeds with circling the room. The woman steps over his inert body every time she passes.
The Yellow Wallpaper, written by Charlotte Gilman, is one of the most significant early works of feminist literature. It presents the author’s view on women’s physical and psychological well-being in the 19th century. The plot is a story of a woman placed in a room with yellow wallpaper for treatment. Her husband, a physician, diagnosed postpartum psychosis. The novel shows the oppressive power of society. It is also about patriarchal order on the woman’s life of that century and its fallout.
At the story’s climax, the perspective varies as the narrator’s mental disorder becomes utter. She obtains conviction that she is that woman who is behind the wallpaper. She begins tearing the paper to overcome her obsessive thoughts of entrapment. When John breaks into the room, he sees his wife creeping along the wall and saying, “I’ve got out at last… in spite of you.” John faints. The narrator continues circling in the room and stepping over her husband. This illustrates the tragic outcomes of the poor attitude of the husband towards his wife.