Now obsolete, the rest cure, was an infamous panacea for any psychological illness one could dream up. While some men were subjected to the treatment, it was women who were mainly victimized by this so called cure that entailed "seclusion, massage, immobility, and overfeeding" (Wagner-Martin.) This solution implies that someone suffering from mental anxiety would recover after being imprisoned to a bed for several months with very little association from friends or family. Not being able to come and go or converse freely with the outside world would be difficult enough, but these individuals were "absolutely forbidden to "work"(Gilman 71.) This meant that any classification of creativity or mental strain was prohibited. The limitations put on the narrators imagination, by her husband, drove her into the depths of insanity, rather than pulling her out. Forced to the brink of stagnant hibernation,...
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