Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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  "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). Many women in the 1800's and 1900's faced hardship when it came to standing up for themselves to their fathers, brothers and then husbands. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator of the story, is married to physician, who rented a house for the summer to nurse her back to health after her husband think she has neurasthenia but actually suffers from postpartum depression. He suggested the 'rest cure'. She should not be doing any sort of mental of major physical activity, her only job was to relax and not worry about anything. Charlotte was a writer and missed writing. "The Yellow Wallpaper" is significant to literature in the sense that, the author Charlotte Perkins Gilman addresses the issue of the rest cure that Dr. George Miller prescribed for patients especially to women with neurasthenia, is ineffective and leads to severe depression. This paper in...

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