Imprisoned by Society in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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. . There is something strange about the house-I can feel it"; she also relates how everything she does exhausts her.  These symptoms, as well as the numerous referrals by the narrator to the baby, indicate post-partum depression.  When speaking of the baby the narrator says, for example, "I cannot be with him, it makes me so nervous."             In order to treat this "temporary nervous depression," John isolates her from society and orders her to do nothing but rest.  He even becomes upset when she wishes to write, causing this story to be "composed" of writings she manages to do in secret.  John places her in the attic of the mansion, like a dirty secret, in what she believes to be a former nursery.  There is, however, strong evidence that the narrator is not the first mental patient to occupy the room.  There are bars on the windows, gouges in the floor and walls, and rings fastened to the walls; the bed is bolted down and has been gnawed on, and the wallpaper has been torn off in patches.

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