Yellow Wallpaper Response

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Response to The Yellow Wallpaper Imagine yourself being locked in a room alone, scared, and mistreated. Imagine that room not being a part of your own home. Imagine having all of your friends and family members plotting against you. These are the emotions the narrator felt in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s literary masterpiece, The Yellow Wallpaper. The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story about a woman who is suffering from what is modernly known as post partrum depression. This story however takes place in the early 1900’s. After a little research, I found out that this short story is actually an exaggerated remake of the author’s own personal experiences. In 1887, shortly after the birth of her daughter, Gilman began to suffer from serious depression and fatigue. She was referred to Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell who was leading specialist in women’s nervous disorders in the nineteenth century. He diagnosed Gilman with neurasthenia and prescribed a “rest cure” of forced inactivity. Weir Mitchell believed that nervous depression was a result of overactive nerves and ordered Gilman to cease all forms of creative activity, including writing, for the rest of her life. This treatment was known as “the rest cure.” The goal of the treatment was to promote domesticity and calm her agitated nerves. One major theme, however, that was repeated over and over again in The Yellow Wallpaper, along with the absurd “rest cure,” was the inferiority the female sex had back in older times. This short illustrates this lack of respect for females in multiple ways. First off, the narrator’s name was never clearly stated to the reader while the husband’s name was repeated over and over again to be John in the story. She is nearly anonymous; her identity is John's wife. When I was reading the story, at first, I did not think anything of it but the more I read, the more it illustrated that the
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