How Did Women Affect Society

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Women Matter Too Women in the nineteenth century were undoubtedly heard to have psychological disorders. Psychological disorder is defined as a disorder of the mind involving thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that cause either self or other significant distress. There were several different reasons for women to have mental disorders in the nineteenth century. One reason that stood out among the others was how men treated women. Men and women had certain roles in society in the nineteenth century; women were the underdogs and men could treat the women how they pleased. Male attitudes toward women caused women to have psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and hysteria. Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness and worthlessness …show more content…
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator’s husband continues throughout her life to make her nervous in the big house like something doesn’t feel right. After her husband and brother diagnose her with depression she then becomes nervous all the time causing anxiety. She states “I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes…I think it is due to this nervous condition”. Another time that John makes his with fill with anxiety is when she is trying to write in her journal. He doesn’t like when she writes in her journal so she has to hide it from him. If she hears him coming from another room she has to quickly hide all evidence of her writing. She says several times “he hates to have me write a word” (781). In the nineteenth century “women who suffered from depression or anxiety were believed to have a disease in their soul like a kind of evil and that there was no solution” (“The History of Women’s Mental Illness”). It became such a normal occurrence for women to be diagnosed with anxiety that men started to think there was some kind of evil in the women. Men could have been and were some of the causes of these women going into anxiety disorders. The way they treated their wives had the wives anticipating what would happen if they did …show more content…
Therefore, hysteria in the nineteenth century became a major focus of cultural and medical study. This psychological disorder was considered ““female malady” and was linked to feminine, emotional, irrational, and sexually unrestrained” (Hysteria in the Nineteenth-Century Literature). Emotion plays a big role in hysteria in the nineteenth century when the husband is to blame for women having hysteria. Like in “The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator starts to have hysteria towards the end of her story. When her husband continues to stick her in her room every time she does something that shows her depression. She starts to see things in the ugly yellow wallpaper in the big bedroom. She starts to see “a women stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern” (785). Being trapped in a room she has insisted on telling her husband she does not like the wallpaper in is making her see things she doesn’t want to see. She then becomes all about this hideous wallpaper trying to figure out the true meaning of its patterns. The hysteria then takes over her body at the end of her story. The narrator felt as if she was so trapped by her husband that she felt as if she was the figures she saw in the

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