Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's The Yellow Wallpaper

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In the climax of the ending scene, the wife contemplates suicide. The only thing holding her away from free falling is the prison-like bars that block the window. Her condition at this time has been driving her crazy. She grew insane after being kept in the room and not allowed to move out of the room with the vexing wallpaper. Was the diagnosis and treatment of her condition what led her to lose her wits and destroying the wallpaper? During the Victorian Era, examinations of mentally impaired patients were not as in-depth as the examinations of today. Could the wife’s spiral into insanity in hindsight been avoided had she received a better examination rather only inside opinions from her husband and brother? Although the text references Jane from “Jane Eyre” as the possible narrator, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” acutely portrays the wife as a parallel reflection of Gilman herself while also providing insight as to how mentally hysterical women were diagnosed and treated during the Victorian Era.
By using her own experiences with depression, Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” gives a first-person account of a woman who could not fulfill her duties as a wife on account of her condition, what her husband had diagnosed as “nervous depression” known today as anxiety. As the story progresses, the woman’s condition was heightened by an ugly, ruined, yellow wallpaper that covered the interior of her bedchamber. Her husband told her not to write for he believed it…

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