The Yellow Wallpaper By Harriet Beecher Stowe

937 Words May 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an American short story writer, essayist, novelist, and autobiographer. One of her most famous works his her partially autobiographical, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. It was published in 1892 in New England Magazine, and was considered a very controversial piece. The story shows the mental and emotional results of the typical rest cure prescribed during that era and the narrator’s reaction to this course of treatment. The rest cure that "The Yellow Wallpaper" describes is very close to what Gilman herself experience. Because of her experience with the rest cure, people say that Gilman based the narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" loosely on herself.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born with the name Charlotte Anna Perkins on July 3, 1860, in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the youngest child of Frederick Perkins and Mary Ann Fitch Westcott. Gilman’s great uncle was the 19th-century writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Two of Gilman’s siblings died and her mother was told not to have any more children. Her father couldn’t handle this and he abandoned his family, leaving them in extreme poverty moving from relative to relative in Rhode Island. Mary Ann grew cold after her husband’s death and tried protecting her children from getting hurt, she did this by not giving them affection so they wouldn’t yearn for it as they got older.
To keep them from getting hurt as she had been, she forbade her children to make strong friendships…

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