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The story The Yellow Wallpaper was written in the late eighteen hundreds Women and illnesses are treated differently during this period with men holding the power especially in a marriage Also a woman follows her doctors orders as well as listens to the husband when illness occurs In this case the woman in the story is under her husbands complete control because he is her physician as well Her husband does not take her illness seriously he just says it is a temporary nervous disorder A nervous disorder is now called postpartum depression Postpartum depression is an episode of despair that some women go through after giving birth If left untreated or misdiagnosed it turns into a more severe case of depression called postpartum psychosis Although postpartum psychosis is extremely rare today because it is diagnosed and treated properly it still affects one to two women per one-thousand births Seyfried and Marcus 231 In the eighteen hundreds the author suffered from postpartum depression and overcame it Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper reflects her own personal experience through a woman who is descending into postpartum psychosis through hallucinations and delusions Charlotte Perkins Gilmans short story The Yellow Wallpaper is inspired by actual events in her life According to Amy Hudock Charlotte Perkins Gilman used her personal bout with postpartum depression to create a powerful fictional narrative which has broad implications for women Gilman wrote The Yellow Wallpaper so other women do not receive incorrect treatment and suffer as she did Although the author did not suffer from postpartum psychosis she wanted other women to be aware of the effects of it Charlotte Perkins Gilman also wrote an essay called Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper in which she explains the story was meant to save women from further suffering under the rest cure and that her plan was successful Barth 1 She uses real people from her past as characters in her story Dr Weir
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