The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote, “The Yellow Wallpaper” in 1892. She brings to light a typical agenda for a female in a patriarchal society. It presents the relationship between men and women. Women were only considered for marriage and motherhood. Men were suited to pursue education and have a career. Women’s roles in society robbed them of expression. This left no one happy. Women wanted the same opportunities. Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” to prove to readers that women have rights. Women shouldn’t be viewed as physically and intellectually weaker than men. They shouldn’t take the role of motherhood and only focus on the domestic work around the house. She wanted to change the traditional norm and encourage women’s independence.…show more content…
Stetson and her mother urged her to get help. Appointed to the best specialist in nervous diseases: neurologist S. Weir Mitchell. He prescribed her the “rest cure.” This type of treatment restricted women from doing any labor. This prevented Gilman from writing stories. For three months she listened and did what the doctor prescribed. This course of treatment was a disaster. It only worsened her condition and made her go crazy. Once she decided to leave the rest cure and go back to work, it brought great joy into her life and helped in her recovery. After a while, she decided to leave her husband and child. She began to focus on herself and her career as a journalist and publisher. The main reason she wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” was to reach out to Dr. S. Weir Mitchell. In the article she mentioned, “it was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked.” (Gilman, “Why I Wrote”) She wanted to convince him of his errors. To prove his best-known treatment the “rest cure” almost drove her to insanity. It was published to make people think of gender roles placed in society. To prevent this from happening, medicine was used as a way to relate to women’s oppression. Women were suffering from postpartum depression. “The Yellow Wallpaper” focuses on women being inferior to men. Like the narrator, women were misdiagnosed and forced into treatment that resembled the prison. Women in the 19th
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