The Yellow Wallpaper
The Story Behind “The Yellow Wallpaper”
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a vivid, autobiographical short story of clinical depression and the struggle for selfhood, written by an early feminist, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Gilman, a new mother, has been brought to a country house by her husband-physician for a “rest cure treatment” for her nervous condition. At the country house, she is isolated from everything and treated like a child. Not only did her “rest cure treatment” not help her, but also it actually made it worse. Gilman writes “The Yellow Wallpaper” in hopes of showing S. Weir Mitchell the error in his ways.
One of the main reasons that Gilmans health never improves is because of the atmosphere that she is in. First of all, the country house is three miles away from the actual town. Outside the house there used to be greenhouses, but now they are all broken and the gates to enter the house all have locks on them. The room that Gilman stays in is an old nursery. In the room, the “windows are barred for little children”, the bed has been nailed to the floor, and the
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