The Rest Cure Sparknotes

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Rest, diet, exercise, electroshock therapy, and isolation were all parts of Mitchell’s treatment plan to cure nervous, anxious, hysterical women. When these women did not respond to treatment, Mitchell assumed it was due to their villainous tendencies and their personal moral corruption. Though he sympathized with his female patients for the women’s work they must do and how overwhelming it must be to care for sick family members, he believed that those unaffected by his Rest Cure either did not want to be cured or were subject to the “moral poison” of a “selfish malingerer” (Poirier 22). Mitchell quoted that, “given a nervous, hysterical, feeble woman, shut out from the world, and if she does not in time become irritable, exacting, hungry for sympathy and petty power, she is one of nature’s noblest,” which captures the expectation of moral and conscious purity of women (22). Mitchell claimed that a part of the success of the Rest Cure is shutting women out from the rest of the world, rather than …show more content…
The narrator spends much of the time meant to be resting peacefully in the comfort of her bed anatomizing, following, and engaging in the pattern of the yellow wallpaper. She dissects the yellow wallpaper that encompasses the four walls that surround her. The room lacks any sense of comfort, the windows are barred, the wallpaper is torn and “repellant, almost revolting,” giving the place she calls home a prison-like atmosphere—one in which she seeks to escape (Gilman 487). The wallpaper serves as merely a screen for her mind’s projections. She projects herself onto the screen and disassociates her projection from her reality. Because of her isolation and imprisonment, the longer she stays in the room and the longer she stares at the wallpaper, she becomes mentally detached from her identity. The line between her projections and her reflection is

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