The Importance Of Postpartum Depression In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Have you ever been locked in a dark closet? You fumble about trying to feel the door knob, straining to see a thin beam of light coming from underneath the door. As the darkness devours you, you feel as if you will choke to death if not let out immediately. There is a sensation of helplessness and hopelessness. Loneliness, caused by oppression, is like the same darkness that overtakes its victim in the short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's "The Yellow Wallpaper”, it is about a women battling postpartum depression during the late 19th century. Gilman brings her personal experience to the story through her own battle with this disorder during the same time period. Using her personal experiences to educate the public on the treatment…show more content…
In the article written in Time Magazine titled Mentally Disturbed or just being a new mom weighs the differences between treatment plans today versus the Victorian period (1837-1901) for postpartum depression. The article explains the role that doctors played in treating ladies in society back then who showed symptoms of depression. Doctors would suggest to husbands to give their wife rest and isolation from others. Doctors in today’s time have better knowledge and understanding of the disease and prescribe medicine for the illness that helps treat it. People have to admit that women in society today play a different role. A women works, takes care of the kids, house and is also a wife/lover to her husband but does this out of love for her role she has chosen in life. In the past husbands had the job, made the money, and had the social society role to play, therefore the only role a women was expected to do was be the homemaker. Therefore when Gilman showed signs of a mental breakdown, her husband John had to hide that immediately from the world. Woman in the 19th century had the stereotype of possession then an individual
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