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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman is a dramatic story about a woman who is suffering from postpartum depression The story illustrates the subjugated role of women prior to the feminist movement When Gilman first wrote the tale it was deemed too offensive to print In the 1890s editors and especially Scudder still officially adhered to a canon of moral uplift in literature and Gilmans story with its heroine reduced at the end to the level of a groveling animal scarcely fitted the prescribed formula Scudder 1 Now The Yellow Wallpaper is considered a literary victory for men and women alike The storys unique ability to portray the feelings of women and their lack of individuality advocates for increased womens rights while abstaining from attacking men The story showcases the lack of communication between men and women brought on by the sexual politics of the time and the ways in which this affected individuals as well as society as a whole The protagonist in The Yellow Wallpaper is a woman named Jane who recently gave birth which lead to her development of postpartum depression She is an imaginative creative woman living in a society that views women who exhibit artistic and intellectual potential as anomalies misfits or as in this story ill Cyclopedia 1 As a direct result of the lack of medical research related to women and the general lack of empathy by the male dominated medical field the protagonist is misdiagnosed and her mental health rapidly declines At that time the medical profession had not yet distinguished between diseases of the mind and diseases of the brain problems that would now be treated by psychiatrists such as depression were treated by neurologists such as Mitchell Korb 1 The narrator is a woman who has been taken to the country by her husband in an effort to cure her of some undefined illness-a kind of nervous fatigue 20th century 106 During this
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