It has succeeded partly due to its masterful style, economic use of language, strong auto-biographical origin and, certainly not least, due to its strong thematic exploration of the role of women.
One of the forms of curing hysteria was a method known as the "rest cure," which involved isolating a woman and forbidding her from "mentally strenuous" activities such as reading and writing.
Instead, the woman was At the time that The Yellow Wallpaper was written and published, it was common for women to be diagnosed with a mental illness known as "hysteria.
Instead, the woman was expected to participate in "domestic" activities, or she was confined to complete bed rest. This is the situation that the woman in The Yellow Wallpaper finds herself in. She has been diagnosed with "a temporary nervous depression—a slight hysterical tendency," and as a result, she is made to retire to an old mansion for the summer.
The woman and her husband move into the upstairs nursery. As part of her treatment, the woman is forbidden from working, despite her protests that she wishes to do so.
She does not want to be isolated, particularly not from her child. However, as she has been deemed to be of unsound mind, her pleas are not taken as rational and are altogether ignored.
The rest of the story details the woman's descent into madness. She begins to hallucinate, culminating in a vision of a woman trapped behind the yellow wallpaper of the nursery. The Yellow Wallpaper therefore highlights the mistreatment of women by the male-dominated medical sphere of the nineteenth century.
A woman could be termed "hysterical" for behaving outside of the norms imposed upon her gender at the time.
This is why hysteria was most often diagnosed in women who possessed an education and women who were writers. It is also why the most common treatment for hysteria was to force the woman to live a "domestic" life, as befitting her gender. A woman was considered to be cured of hysteria if she became "subdued, docile, silent, and, above all, subject to the will and voice of the physician.Essay title: The Yellow Wallpaper - the Physical and Mental Health Aspects The short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman published in is a story that depicts physical, and mental illness as well as the factors surrounding seclusion and what it can do to a person.1/5(1).
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” the setting takes place in the 19th century at a “vacation home” during the summer months.
The narrator of the story recently had a child, and she is suffering from post-partum depression. DISSCUSS THE WAY IN WHICH GILMAN WRITES ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," relays to the reader something more than a simple story of a woman at the mercy of the .
The Yellow Wallpaper enlightens the reader on women’s health, motherhood, mental breakdown and its treatment, as well as feminism and gender relations in late 19th-century America. The main character in "The Yellow Wallpaper," Jane, is mentally ill.
The story, written in first person epistolary style, is rife with dramatic irony because of its unreliable narrator. The prison-like setting of The Yellow Wallpaper reinforces the popular belief during the early twentieth century of mental illness as a prison—just another of Gilman’s criticisms of psychology of the time.