The Yellow Wallpaper, By Silas Weir Mitchell

1476 Words Feb 5th, 2015 null Page
Although not every author writes with the intent of changing the reader’s viewpoint, many examples of authors of American short stories serve to illustrate underlying moral themes. These stories are written to convey ideas in an accessible and compelling way. Readers’ points of view change and evolve due to the influence of the stories they read.
Influenced by the events of her life, Charlotte Perkins Gillman aimed to effectively convey the incompetence of the rest cure implemented in the late nineteenth century with her short story, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.” Charlotte Perkins Gillman, born 1860, suffered from what was referred to as a “nervous tendency.” At that time, a great stigma was attached to mental illness, and due to this stigma, doctors were reluctant to invest time into finding effective cures. However, it was thought by many that the rest cure, created by Silas Weir Mitchell, was the most effective treatment for hysteria. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many women were diagnosed with hysteria. The term served as a catch-all for any upsets in a woman’s mental health. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was advised by Silas Weir Mitchel to, “Live as domestic a life as far as possible,” to "have but two hours ' intellectual life a day,” and “never to touch pen, brush or pencil again as long as I lived” (Gilman, Why I Wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper. '). These events of Gilman’s life stood as a model for her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” But before she could write…

Related Documents