Moral Of The Yellow Wallpaper

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a semi-autobiographical short story that describes a time in which the unnamed narrator suffers from depression following the birth of her baby. Her husband, who’s a doctor, misdiagnoses her and prescribes her with “the rest cure”. Meanwhile, the husband goes away to work while the wife is locked away in this bedroom with barred windows and yellow wallpaper. During all her time spent in this room she becomes so infatuated over the yellow wallpaper and claims she’s beginning to see eyes, movement, and even women in the pattern behind the wallpaper. Towards the end of the story the narrator begins stripping away pieces of the wallpaper, when the husband enters the room questioning what she …show more content…
After reading this quote I couldn’t help but chuckle at the last part “and avoid yellow wall paper if possible”. I sort of sensed that the author was trying to make a joke or use sarcasm, it surely made me laugh a little. Anyways, I agree with this quote! I don’t believe that anything positive came out of keeping the wife locked away in the room, staring at walls. It drove her insane, as I would imagine it would do to any human being! One other quote that stuck out to me in this article was “The medicalization of unhappiness as depression is one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, and it is a disaster that has had, and still has a very big impact on women” (Oakley 32). Today an even back then women have struggled with postpartum depression and figuring out ways to overcome it. Something that interest me is how women were treated back then for postpartum versus how women are treated now. Nowadays, solitary confinement, staring into bedroom walls all day would be a very absurd idea! Some things that would be more sufficient in helping women battling postpartum depression would be medication, psychotherapy, and even attending support …show more content…
Judicibus and Marita P. McCabe there’s a section that discusses how for some mother’s motherhood is a positive experience and for other mothers it might seem to be more of a negative experience. In my opinion I feel like some of the negative aspects of motherhood is what leads women into postpartum depression. For example, in this article it says, “The negative aspects of the mother role included confinement or lacking uninterrupted time and freedom to pursue personal interest” (De Jubicibus and McCabe 95). So, for some mothers they are still struggling with the fact that it’s not about just them anymore and they don’t have free time to simply do whatever they desire. Referring back to “The Yellow Wallpaper” confinement isn’t what the wife needed, it didn’t positively help her. Another thing they article said that caught my attention was “Other concerns were not having an active social life, needing a break from the demands of the child, inability to control or define the use of time, loss of confidence, and difficulties in coping with their infant’s feeding and sleeping patterns” (De Judicibus and McCabe 95). After reading this passage, I feel super irritated that women would even complain about such things. In my opinion, the way I see it, these things such as, losing an active social life, going out to do whatever you want whenever you want, needing breaks from taking care of your child, should all be thought of before conceiving! I’m

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