When I read the story, I thought the purpose was to scare the readers or to at least make them feel a sense of eeriness. Dr. Jerz says to not ‘diagnose’ a story for a final solution, because that will cease all discussion. That being said, saying that the woman was mentally ill or that no one should be confined stops all discussion for the story. After reading Gilman’s ‘Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper’, I saw the story in a different light when it said “It was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked”. The story helped others see that confinement worsens mental illness, but doesn’t this statement contradict what Jerz was saying in class? Gilman is eliminating any discussion to happen; he is ‘diagnosing’ the story.