Mental Depression In The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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A Woman Trapped Within Herself “The Yellow Wallpaper”, is a short story that was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1899. The story is used to show many people a treatment of a mental illness that deals with depression in women after they give birth. It is a very common illness but because of new technology is treated much different in todays medical field. The illness is now treated with medicine but when the medical fields lacked technology the illness was treated in a way that many people would say is mentally ill as well. The treatment was offered to the author of this short story and she explains her opinion by publishing “The Yellow Wallpaper” telling the story from the narrator’s point of view, which is a woman trapped within herself resulting from the treatment. This short story had an affect on medical history because of the result she believed would come from the treatment was not a result many doctors would like to see. Women during the nineteenth century were not what they are today in society. Most were looked down upon and not taken seriously. In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the narrator is a woman who is viewed as crazy to the public because of how she acts. Depression…show more content…
She had “suffered from a profound melancholic depression since the birth of her daughter three years before” (Martin). Her neurologist, Weir Mitchell, told her that it would be best to “never to touch pen, brush, or pencil again”(Martin). Gilman was a dedicated writer at the time and instead wrote and published the short story in the New England Magazine. The story showed clearly what she believed the rest cure would do to someone eventually if they were confined to themselves. Taking the pen out of her hand would have been equivalent to locking her in the room with the yellow wallpaper. It is a very untraditional way of writing for when it was wrote, which also makes it
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