Moral Insanity Disorder In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Gilman

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There are goose bumps up and down your body due to the tremendously cold temperature of the room. Your medical gown offers very little warmth or comfort.
Neither do the leather straps that confine your wrists and feet. Movement is slim to none.
You are forced to remain still as the Doctor enters the room. He doesn’t bother to cover his face or wear gloves when operating. He lays out his medical supplies and selects his instrument of choice. He raises the unsanitized tool which resembles an ice pick. You begin to try and escape, but the leather straps continue to restrain you. The sharp metal pick begins to move slowly and slowly towards your face. There is nothing you can do to escape or ease the pain. This experience is what thousands women
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These acts of adultery were considered to be a symptom of “moral insanity disorder.”
One of these influential female writers was author Charlotte Gilman. Her best works is “The Yellow Wallpaper”. This is the story about women who suffers from hysterical behavior. Her treatment before was to be bed ridden until she is better. Her husband John later decides to take their family to a large estate away from everything. He believes this will be the best treatment for his wife. He puts her in an upstairs room with bars on the windows, scratches on the floor, and bright yellow wallpaper. He also tells her she shouldn’t be writing and should stick to a strict itinerary of no distractions. So she writes in a secret journal. She begins describing her surroundings, specifically the wallpaper. She tries to look for a pattern in the wallpaper. She envisions an unhappy woman behind bars in the walls. She tries to free the women in the wall by peeling
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Travis Pavao 3
An analysis of Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” reviles an underlying message of how marriage and domestic life are unsatisfying. This completely counter acts the stereotype society puts on women during this time period of needing to serve her family and keeping her husband happy. She also makes the case that she is like the woman behind bars because the windows in the room she’s in literally has bars on them. This could also be taken as symbolism of how marriage is a prison when forced to live a domestic life and not allowed to have personal growth outside of the household.
This story was probably well written by Gilman because she actually suffered from melancholia and beyond. When seeking help for her condition she was told to do the rest cure. The doctor said to stay in bed and “have but two hours of intellectual life a day and to never touch a pen, brush, or pencil as long as I lived (Why I Wrote..).” She said she did this for three months but her condition did nothing but get worse. What
Gilman did was completely opposite of what the doctor said. She went to work and she managed to cure her wellbeing and happiness. This overcoming of what was holding

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