Psychological Case Study : The Yellow Wallpaper

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Psychological Case Study: “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was published for the first time in 1892 and it is oftentimes referred as being a psychological, feminist, or even a Gothic story. The author portrays her own personal experience with postpartum depression by creating this impressive fictional story which sent such a strong message to all women from that period of time. It was a man’s World in which woman where seen more as an indispensable accessory rather than a strong pillar of the family. The protagonist in the story becomes progressively ill mainly because of her misdiagnosis, not to mention the constrictions she faced not only in part from her husband who was a well-known doctor, but also the dominating misogynistic view of the society. The author’s central goal in writing this short story is to blame the way women were treated in society as well as the misunderstandings related to certain illnesses which the medical field misdiagnosed and ultimately patients did not receive the adequate treatment. “But what is one to do? (Par. 14) “she asks her audience a couple of times putting emphasis on the fact that nothing could be done at least on her part. By all means Charlotte Gilman’s story is symbolic for all women from that era, in which their main duty was to bear children, manage the estate, to be an example in society and obey their husband’s. It was a patriarchal society in

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