Theme Of Mental Illness In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Mental Illness and the Rest Cure
"The Yellow Wallpaper" is portraying a story of a woman suffering from postpartum depression. The story describes the mental and emotional outcomes of a distinct old therapy called “rest cure” that was prescribed to people. Which is what their prescribed Mrs. Gilman with. It appears that she was writing about her own suffering that she went through in the year 1887, two years after giving birth to child. From the story, it was obvious that Mrs. Gilman was writing about her own life experience which can now be viewed as a clear reflection of the feelings of women, like herself who have gone through these same treatments. In her words, “It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.” (Gilman,487).
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” story, the theme is mental illness. The woman in this story clearly is suffering from some sort of mental illness such as post part-partum depression and hysterical tendencies. Which can turn into something much more serious if someone does not intervene and get her some the help she really needs. However, they felt it was the right way to handle it at the time because they were following the old therapy treatment called “rest cure.” You watch her slowly go out her mind. Meanwhile she thinks her husband is taking perfect care of her. It seems like John was purely controlling her and prescribing her things that she probably did not really need. It was like he was making her
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