Postpartum Depression In Ernest Hemingway's The Yellow Wallpaper

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The story is about a woman who marries a physician named John. Once they were married the woman had a little girl, and later in the marriage she fell into a deep depression that wasn't curable. In hopes of curing his wife, John locked her in an empty room with bars on the window and repulsive wallpaper expecting her to do nothing until she was cured. John thought that this would cure his wife because she had anxiety and depression but instead of getting better she became crazy, we know this because of the hallucinations she started experiencing after she started living in the room. Later in the story she noticed a pattern in the wallpaper. The more she stared at the wallpaper the more clearly the wallpaper started looking like bars. Later …show more content…
Now due to medical advancements we have medicines and therapy that can help treat that problem. Her husband John didn’t understand her condition though, so he locked her away in a room separating his wife from humanity in hopes that this would cure her of her depression. Unfortunately, this treatment drove her crazy instead of curing her. Also, in the story it states that her husband says, "My darling, " said he, "I beg of you, for my sake and our child's sake as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind! There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours it is a false and foolish fancy. Can you not trust me as a physician when I tell you so?" This piece of evidence explains that what he was saying to his wife was, "Listen I'm the doctor I can tell when you are getting better just listen to me!" Unfortunately, he really didn’t understand what she was going through. This is the story of how a woman who had postpartum depression and how her husband John didn’t understand what the problem was and how it affected her. In the result of him trying to cure his wife, John locked her in a room with bars on the windows expecting her to do nothing all day. Overall, I believe this because she has been falsely diagnosed, had postpartum depression, and because of the sexism of the time no one would listen to

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