Charlotte Gilman 's The Yellow Wallpaper

2088 Words Jun 9th, 2016 9 Pages
Locked away in a mental prison of her husband’s plotting and maneuvering, the protagonist of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a prime example of the women who face struggles seeking freedom of thought and independence. This short story is an actual portrayal of the author, Charlotte Gilman’s life. After her daughter’s birth, Gilman experienced a nervous breakdown and was prescribed a rest cure similar to what she describes in her short story. Furthermore, women did not have the freedom and rights back in the nineteenth century as they do nowadays. Female lives were limited and controlled by men when “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written. Throughout this research, a lot has been learned about Gilman’s life, the life of white aristocratic American women in the times of the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century. Her own difficulties of the life evoke emotions and memories throughout her story.
Conrad Shumaker states that when the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” was refused to be printed, Charlotte Perkins Stetson (later to become Charlotte Perkins Gilman) declared that she would never forgive herself if she made other wives as miserable as she had made herself (Shumaker 588). The writer gained her aim and her literary work, in which she describes the mental illness of a woman, who undergoes a “rest cure” prescribed by her husband, who was a physician: “John is a physician, and perhaps… that is one reason I do not get well faster. You see he does not…

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