An Analysis of Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

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During the 1800s, the rest cure became a popular treatment for many psychological disorders and conditions. It consisted of isolating the patient and preventing them from any social interaction and sometimes all human contact until they were deemed better. This treatment, practiced mostly on women, was highly criticized and considered unethical by many. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a victim of this treatment and described how it made her feel in The Yellow Wallpaper. In The Yellow Wallpaper, the narrator is sent to an old colonial home in the summer to get better from a nervous condition from which she is suffering. Her husband, who is also her physician, starts treating her by not allowing her to do anything. Soon after being in the home, the narrator begins to experience many different feelings and comes to a realization. In The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator uses her peculiar personality to express her thoughts of being controlled, trapped and depressed which leads to her insanity, and freedom from her husband. The narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper uses her eccentric, disturbed personality to display her true feelings. From the beginning, one can see that the narrator does not agree with her husband’s diagnosis and treatment. “If a physician of high standing, and one 's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing…show more content…
The narrator in the story finds that she has escaped from her controlling husband to get back her identity. One critic suggests that “Gilman presents insanity as a form of rebellion, a crucial point toward independence and liberation” (Quawas 41). The narrator is this story uses the wallpaper in this story as a metaphor for seeing a reflection of her own
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