The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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After analyzing Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper several times it has become evident that there are multiple underlying themes in her story. Symbolically this story represents the freedom women longed for in their marriages during the time that the setting of this story takes place and how postpartum depression deeply effects the psychological state of women. Along with women’s rights for individuality. Using her personal life, Gilman was able to implement it as a backdrop to this short story. In the prologue to Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper readers are informed of her post-partum depression following the birth of her daughter. “It is fortunate Mary is so good with the baby. Such a dear baby! And yet I cannot be with him, it makes me so nervous” (Gilman). In return, it yielded this short story and her personal insight on the effects of postpartum depression for women of that era that were treated with the rest cure. It was common during the late 1880’s for women to seek the help of Silas Weir Mitchell and his well-known rest cure. This treatment was developed for neurasthenics, which were described as being “nervous women, who are thin and lack blood” (Martin). In the story the narrator goes through the three main elements of the treatment. First, she is isolated from her family, friends and even her child by being locked away in a large room located atop of a mansion that her husband, who is ironically a doctor, had rented for three months. Also the…

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