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The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Arianna Giannillo Ms. Stroebel AP English Composition 5 September 2015 The Yellow Wallpaper In the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which takes place in the 1800’s, the main character and her husband are staying in a vacant colonial mansion that has been in the family for many generations. She and John have come to this “hereditary estate” (Gilman, 1) so that she can rest and heal from her ‘nervous condition.’ John a physician has prescribed absolute rest, not even allowing her to take care of her baby, so this isolated mansion that was the home for someone else’s ancestors becomes their home for the summer. “If a physician of high standing and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression-a slight hysterical tendency-what is one to do?” (Gilman, 1) Although, she feels that “air, work, exercise and journeys”, will do her good, it is forbidden, and the reason why she is not getter better quicker “John is a physician and perhaps that is one reason I do not get better faster.” (Gilman, 1) She has come to this mansion for one reason to rest; she is not allowed to go outside, because it is believed that it will increase her nervousness. From the context of the story the reader can infer that the narrator is suffering from post-partum depression a condition that some women can get after childbirth caused by changes in hormones, fatigue and the psychological changes
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