The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper: A Womans Struggle Pregnancy and childbirth are very emotional times in a womans life and many women suffer from the “baby blues.” The innocent nickname for postpartum depression is deceptive because it down plays the severity of this condition. Although she was not formally diagnosed with postpartum depression, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) developed a severe depression after the birth of her only child (Kennedy et. al. 424). Unfortunately, she was treated by Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, who forbade her to write and prescribed only bed rest and quiet for recovery (Kennedy et al. 424). Her condition only worsened and ultimately resulted in divorce (Kennedy and Gioia 424). Gilmans literary indictment of Dr. Mitchells ineffective treatment came to life in the story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” On the surface, this gothic tale seems only to relate one womans struggle with mental illness, but because Guilman was a prominent feminist and social thinker she incorporated themes of womens rights and the poor relationships between husbands and wives (Kennedy and Gioia 424). Guilman cleverly manipulates the setting to support her themes and set the eerie mood. Upon first reading “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the reader may see the relationship between the narrator

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