John is the husband and the doctor of the narrator, who is suffering from an illness called nervous depression, which is a slight hysterical tendency. One might think that John is the antagonist in the story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, but there are a few reasons why one would also state as the protagonist, including he was only trying to help the Narrator get over her illness. John prescribed the best and possibly the only thing he knew, and he did not intentionally cut her off from society and writing, but to help the narrator get better.
John was only trying to help his wife get better from her illness. He watched and looked over her. He did everything for her, so she would not have to do anything, so she could get better. He also prescribed the best thing he could and possible the only thing that could cure her nervous depression. He thought that cutting her off from the society and making her not write, not letting her think about much and not letting her go outside, only letting her rest, would make her get better.
John did not intentionally cut the Narrator off from society for any other reason than to help her get better. He would not let her go outside, work, read, write, or have company often so that she could get better. She had a different idea of getting better than he did and she secretly wrote in a journal, and she was slowly going crazy because of being cut off from society.
One might think that John is the Antagonist in the story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, but there are a few reasons why one would also state as the Protagonist. John was only trying to help the Narrator get over her illness. He only prescribed the best, possibly the only thing he knew that could help. John did not intentionally cut the Narrator off from society for anything other than curing her. Just because it may seem that someone is treating you badly, they could just be trying to help.