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  • Exploring Rest Cure Therapy in The Yellow Wallpaper

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    was a highly regarded neurologist named Silas Weir Mitchell (Kivo 8). Women from all over the world traveled to the United States to be treated by Silas Weir Mitchell (5). Rest cure therapy included secluding the patient from family and friends and complete physical and intellectual rest (5). Many women who followed Mitchell's treatment plan returned to their families cured, but there were some women whose symptoms became worse after being treated by Mitchell or after being restricted to bed rest

  • A Bad Case of Inferiority

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    Although a reader cannot assume the narrator is also the author, in some instances the resemblance is uncanny. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, drew on her own experience of undergoing the infamous Rest Cure of Doctor Silas Weir Mitchell to write her story. According to Gilman, “[The story] was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked” (The Forerunner). Through her platform of writing Gilman successfully illustrated the inferiority

  • The Suppressed Voice

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    ordered around like a child, had her every move monitored and her ideas were always shut down. For example, after she told her husband, John she wanted to lea... ... middle of paper ... ...Boston: Wadsworth, 2010. Print. Lawson, Kirsten. "Silas Weir Mitchell." The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Fall 2005. Web. 01 Mar. 2012. . McLay '06, Molly (2003) "A Tale of Two Feminists: Reading Charlotte Perkins Giman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" as an Allusion to Jane Eyre," Undergraduate Review: Vol. 15:

  • Depression in The Yello Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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    which involved isolation from friends and family. In The Yellow Wallpaper the narrator and her husband John have gone to a secluded estate, which they are renting for the summer. John a Doctor wanted her to rest as much as possible by following Dr. S. Weir Mitchell's “Rest Cure”. He also picked the room, which is an airy room on the top floor; she would have preferred the small pretty room on the ground floor, but he did not take her opinion due to he was the physician and knew best. The narrator does

  • Insanity in The Yellow Wallpaper

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    turn a person mad. The rest cure was developed by Silas Weir Mitchell in the late 1800s. This remedy was used to help victims of hysteria, neurasthenia, and other nervous illnesses. Many patients and doctors considered this cure worse than the actual disease. Silas Weir Mitchell was the president of the Association of American Physicians in 1887 and from 1908-1909 he became the president of the American Neurological Association. Silas Weir Mitchell discovered and treated a disease called causalgia

  • Treatment In The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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    of “The Yellow Wallpaper” discusses her friend that was seen by Weir Mitchell and was treated using rest cure. Gilman strongly disapproved of the rest cure treatment and wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” in response to her negative emotions towards it and to further support her position as a revered feminist of her time. Gilman condemned the manipulation of women by men, which also motivated her to write this short story in critique of Weir Mitchell’s rest cure treatment and the mindset it instilled throughout

  • The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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    she bore a daughter, Katharine Beecher Stetson. Shortly after giving birth, Charlotte began to suffer from severe postpartum depression and had a nervous breakdown. She spent some time at a sanitorium in Pennsylvania, under the care of Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell (Merriman). In 1913, Gilman wrote “Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’”; For many years I suffered from a severe and continuous nervous breakdown tending to melancholia – and beyond. During about the third year of this trouble I went, in devout

  • The Protagonist’s Physical and Social Conditioning in Charlotte Perkins

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    The Protagonist’s Physical and Social Conditioning in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper. The wife, protagonist, in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is trapped. Suffering from a “slight hysterical tendency” (p 676), an affliction no one really understands, her husband, a physician, prescribes a treatment, which offers her little support to be well again. Her condition is further aggravated by limitations of her social role as his wife. She is confined, controlled

  • Effects Of Madness In The Yellow Wallpaper

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    descent into madness, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) exposes the damage and misogyny behind the treatment of Silas Weir Mitchell’s infamous “rest cure”. Because many women were subjected to this treatment, readers of the time would already be familiar with Mitchell and his prescription. Interestingly, Gilman herself was a patient of Mitchell and the narrator’s condition and state of mental health, although embellished, is a reflection of her own experience. The therapy behind

  • Analysis Of The Yellow Wall-Paper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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    beneficial, John would send the narrator to Weir Mitchell, a doctor well known for his work with rest cure. In the story, the confinement to the bed proves to be too much for the narrator,

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