Mental Illness In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Yellow Wallpaper Mental illnesses in women such as postpartum depression was not considered a real sickness in the1800’s -1900’s. During that time, women were view as delicate, nervous, and weak persons who did not have better things to occupy their minds than creating unreal illness. For most people back then, depression was nothing more than women being bored of their housewife duties having nothing else to do. It was common to treat those women with the famous “rest cure” which, among other things, strictly prohibited them to work. The Yellow Wallpaper explores the attitude doctors and most people had during that period of time towards mental illness among women. Charlotte Perkins Gilman in her story, The Yellow wallpaper, depicts …show more content…
John and Jane’s brother, both physicians, were not concern about Jane’s state. She is suffering according to the doctors of a nervous condition. John thinks that his wife needs the fresh air of the country to feel better, to be herself again, “You see, he does not believe I am sick! And what can one do? (Gilman 246). Thinking about what is best for his wife, John decides to rent a beautiful colonial house. He decides to stay on the upper bedroom of the house, where Jane could be able to see the entire property and would get more fresh air. Jane immediately dislikes the room. Specially because of the hideous yellow wallpaper, but John once again persuade her to stay in it and put an end to the disagreement, “I don’t like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs… but john would not hear of it” (Gilman 247). Jane throughout the days begins to focus increasingly about the yellow wallpaper, writing in her diary how much she hates it. Writing was the only way that Jane could find relief, “I don’t know why should I write this. I don’t want to. I don’t feel able …- it is such a relief!” (Gilman 251) But, her husband and sister-in-law Jennie don’t like that because they believe that writing is the reason she is ill in the first

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