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Women's Struggle with Mental Illness and in Society in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Charlotte Perkins Gilmans story The Yellow Wallpaper is an account of a mentally disturbed woman and her descend into madness The story not only depicts the womans struggle with mental illness it also displays the struggle women faced in a male dominated society around the 1890s The prescription from her husband John a practicing physician is that she goes on bed rest to treat her condition John rarely takes her anxieties seriously almost shows a lack of concern and sums up her aliment as nervous depression 330 He also forbids her to work this means no visitors and for her to suppress her desire to write She accepts her husbands and brothers advice to separate from others and obtain excessive quantities of rest until she is well again Personally I disagree with their ideas Personally I believe that congenial work with excitement and change would do me good But what is one to do 330 It is evident she does not want to cohere to these rules she still writes but conceals it This shows her inability to stick up for herself and how she complies with the influential males in her life Her husband brings her to an isolated estate three miles from town where she will begin her forced bed rest In the beginning she appears optimistic but this starts to fade after she enters the room John chose for them After a short time she begins to show distaste for the room there are bars on the windows the bed is unmovable and the wallpaper is extremely unappealing to her I never saw a worse paper in my life One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin 331 It is not made clear where her condition stems from whether she has been this way her whole life or if something recently bought on this doubt with depression It could be possible she is having a period of postpartum depression
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