Analysis Of Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's ' The Rest Cure ' Essay

2183 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
At the beginning of time, women were made from men. God, the creator of the earth, took a rib from Adam to create Eve. Since then, men have taken the superior role in the relationship. They have often controlled women in every aspect of life. In some cases, this pushes women to the edge, causing them to suffer from depression, which some used to call madness. These women were usually treated using what was called the “rest cure.” During this treatment plan, they were taken out of their normal living arrangements and placed somewhere without human interaction and freedom to engage in activities. The rest cure was invented to free the women from their depression, but ultimately made their depression worse. Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a story relating to these topics using her character Jane. Understanding Gilman’s background, the characters of Jane and her husband, the parallels between Jane’s and Gilman’s mental illness, and time spent with the rest cure show the oppression of women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born on July 3, 1860. Gilman and her brother were raised by their mother due to their father abandoning the family. Gilman went to school in Hartford, Connecticut, and later in life became an artist (Bloom 126-127). After the birth of her daughter, Gilman had a breakdown; what we call post-natal depression today (Kerr 1). She divorced her husband, Charles Stetson, after an unhappy marriage in which she was depressed, and…

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