The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Many authors are influenced by events throughout their lives. These influences can be small occurrences that are present throughout the author’s life. Many are major and change an important aspect of their life. Either big or small, these influences leave a mark in the author’s life. Many authors take these influences and transform them into a work of art, whether it be a painting, poem, or even a story. These influences range from one’s beliefs, one’s achievements, and sometimes one’s disability. After reading Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” readers infer how Gilman’s work is largely influenced by her own suffering from mental illness, her feminist ideas, and by women’s oppression she faces in the 19th century. Gilman struggled through many problems throughout her life, one of which was her mental illness. Her mental problems became more prominent in her later life and affected her in her writing as well as her normal life. Barbara Suess acknowledges how Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written in the style of a diary that parallels Gilman’s own life, but it is altered by her mental illness, and since she suffers from the mental illness her story is very unrealistic (79). This shows how Gilman’s fight with mental illness altered how she wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Suess also believes that Jane, in Gilman’s story, is actually in a rest home being treated for her mental illness (79). This helps clarify how Gilman uses her experiences dealing with…

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