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...dual’s who know of anyone who may be suffering should also inform treatment centers. Social roles and images are no longer stressed upon as much as they were before, which leaves individual’s like Seymour and the narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper”, space and time to get treated and then re-acclimated into society. The lesson that should be taken from reading about Seymour and the narrator is that, behind what may look like to be a normal individual, may be a mind that is suffering from a prior event. It is best to help those individuals and not to lock them behind closed doors or ignore what’s going on, because it could lead to unforgivable events, the worst being suicide. We may ignore the subject of mental illness because it is not accurate to our current situations but imagine if one of your family members was the one suffering, would you still ignore the problem?
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