The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Gilman

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The Yellow wallpaper, by Charlotte Gilman, has long been considered one of the most psychological and symbolic texts ever written. In the story, Gilman uses the main character Jane to represent herself in her own life. The story of The Yellow Wallpaper is symbolic for the treatment of women in the late 1800’s. The way Jane 's character is treated in her marriage reflects the way Gilman felt she was treated by her husband. It 's a piece, that is written by a feminist, meant to show readers what oppression of women was like at the time. The story persuades its readers, through its gothic setting, plot, and characters, to be directed towards the feminist aspects of the piece. The story uses these tools to symbolize and show its readers how disempowered and demeaned women were treated by society at the time.

In the story, Gilman writes of a lady, named Jane, who is suffering from postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a type of depression most common in women who have very recently given birth. The mood disorder is considered to be very severe and long-lasting; and is handled very seriously by psychologists and doctors. The most common symptoms seen in these women are: mood swings, depression, withdrawment, fatigue, and anxiety.We see many instances where Jane speaks of these symptoms early on in the story. For example, she says “I get very angry with john sometimes, i’m sure i never use to be so sensitive”(Gilman 2), We see from this quote, Jane has recently…

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