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    Yellow Wallpaper Woman

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    staying in (Gilman). These strange findings allude the fact that this room is a “rest cure” room of her era and not simply a tattered room because the rest of the house and garden are beautiful. The rest cure method was popularized the physician Silas Weir Mitchell, who primarily used it to treat “nervous women, who as a rule are thin, and lack blood” (9) through “rest, systematic feeding, and passive exercise” (10). This prescription not only makes her stay in this terrifying room but it also…

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    to heal. This could very well be a reason why her postpartum depression worsened throughout the story. The lack of knowledge about postpartum depression can be traced back to Gilman yet again, because she had a famous physician, known as Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, who only treated her in the worst way he possibly could: the rest-cure (Dunn). With all depressive disorders, one of the things depressed people want to do is lay in bed all day. However this cannot help depression at all; the preferred…

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    Throughout the short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper", Charlotte Perkins Gilman takes the reader on an adventure of how women were treated during the period of the rest cure. Many women during this period have a certain standard they have to live up to. In "The Yellow Wallpaper", the husband realizes that his wife is sick and needs medical attention. He then realizes that the only way she could get better is through the rest cure. The rest cure was developed in the late 1800's and is displayed…

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    An author and critic, William Dean Howells became a fan of Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The short story describes the treatment of a women during rest cure prescribed for nervous disorders relevant to Gilman’s experiences. To Howells’s liking, he decided to send the story to his friend Horace E. Scudder, for publication in The Atlantic Monthly in 1875 (U.S. National Library of Medicine). However, Scudder rejected Gilman’s writing completely. Alternatively, the short…

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    In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the wife is kept confined as a result of her nervous condition.The wife, Jane, is confined and controlled by her husband, John. She is taken away from her home and John barely allows her company and does not allow her to write. While she is there, she has to sleep in a room with ugly yellow wallpaper. After being in the room so long, Jane becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper. She begins to see a woman behind the pattern. It is her confinement to…

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    The Rest Cure Analysis

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    The Rest Cure was developed by Silas Weir Mitchell, an influential American neurologist, in the late 1800’s. This treatment was designed for the cure of hysteria, neurasthenia, and many other mental illnesses. While the treatment was designed for both genders, the rest cure was typically prescribed…

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    severe post-partum depression. During this time if a women claimed to be ill after her child’s birth she was ignored because women were considered nervous beings. Gilman went to a sanatorium in Philadelphia in 1887 where she was treated by Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, who is the doctor in “The Yellow Wallpaper”. His rest cure included no physical or intellectual stimulation, which meant she couldn’t write. Gilman and Stetson separated in 1888, which was rare in that time; they finalized their…

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    Imagine living in the 19th century as a woman. Today in the 21st century most woman can live an independent life. However, in the 1800s women were not allowed the freedom that they deserved as a human being. They were controlled by the males of the society. Men had the most respective jobs, whereas, females stayed at home taking care of their husband and children. Sometimes these ignorant behavior of the society towards the women had an ill impact in their psychology. Although, most women were…

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    Chelsea Helms Lauren Allen English 101-Section 070 11 November 2014 The Sickness of “The Yellow Wallpaper” In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the main female character is diagnosed with a “nervous condition” and is forced to live in an isolated environment with only her husband and a select few people for the summer. Throughout the story, her husband John, who is also a physician, treats her much like a child because of her supposed illness. During the 1800s, psychology had…

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    Imagine having to stay in a room for a couple months. In addition to that, picture having little to none human contact. The room is locked from the outside and has barred windows. It is extremely bare, except for the bed. The only thing to keep you company is this horrid, yellow wallpaper. Hours feel like days and days feel like weeks, and the only thing there is that yellow wallpaper. You would go crazy! Well, this is what happened to the nameless narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper. The Yellow…

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