The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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What Really Is Behind “The Yellow Wallpaper” The citizens of the United States have progressed so much over the past few decades that it becomes hard to imagine what life was like before present day terms. Not only has it advanced so far technologically, but the women in America’s society have covered a substantial amount of ground especially in the middle of the 19th century. Feminism became a huge issue worldwide and America was no exception. Author Charlotte Perkins Gilman demonstrates why feminism is so important with her work, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by channeling her own experiences to show readers that without feminism, the life of a woman is very different. Gilman’s work takes place sometime in what seems to be the middle of the 19th century. The story is written in the first person in the form of many journal entries all tied into one. The woman narrator, whose name may or may not be Jane, is currently suffering from postpartum depression. Her husband, John, is a doctor who has prescribed her to the, “rest cure,” which is a worked up term for bed rest (Gilman 76). This cure allows little to no activities and almost no mental stimulation. Although being prescribed this form of treatment, the narrator defies her husband and chooses to write anyways (Gilman 78). Postpartum depression is an illness caused by an extreme misbalance of hormones after child birth. The mother’s state of mind is compromised and her thoughts can very easily become irrational. As Gilman’s…
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