She felt as if she could not care for her newborn as she is supposed to, so it brought her into a deep depression. The short stories, “I Stand Here Ironing” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” are both stories told by women who felt that their responsibilities as a mother were
The Lacks ' Family Acknowledged But Not Compensated Henrietta Lacks was a black woman wronged of her rights and patient confidentiality in Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. She was a poor tobacco farmer, who after delivering her last child, Joseph, felt an unusual knot in her womb. When she thought the condition of her lump was more serious than she thought, she got it checked by Doctor Howard W. Jones at Johns Hopkins Hospital, "Jones found a lump exactly where she 'd said he would. He described it as an eroded, hard mass about the size of a nickel. If her cervix was a clock 's face, the lump was at four o 'clock," (Skloot 17).
“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anna Fadiman tells the story of Lia Lee, a Hmong child with epilepsy, whose life could have been different if only her family was caught up in western medicine. This book reveals the tragic struggles between a doctor and patient because of lack of communication. When Lia was around three months old, her older sister Yer accidentally slammed a door and Lia had suddenly fallen into the floor. This is the first recorded time that Lia was experiencing an epileptic shock. Her parents, Foua and Nao Kao, believed that the noise of the door had caused her soul to travel in the spirit land and is now able to communicate with them.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator, Jane, has postpartum depression. In order to cure this depression, John, Jane’s husband and a doctor, administer the rest treatment on her. Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” through her personal experience. Along with writing “The Yellow Wallpaper” she wrote an explanation for why she wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Depression and isolation caused by the misdiagnosis caused Jane to go insane. The rest treatment was a common form of cure for people with depression.
Throughout the story we can see how her shadow is slowly encaging her and also how her environment is nurturing her rising shadow. From the very introduction of the story we are told that her husband thinks that she is suffering from neurasthenia while she considers herself to be completely fine but because of her husband/physician she has to do whatever he prescribes. She is confined in a room which she doesn’t like but is compelled to live in as she says, “he said he came here solely on my account, that I was to have perfect rest and all the air I
The room at the top of the house was not just a room, but a place that caused the unfortunate woman to become crazy. Everything that the wallpaper represents take the story deeper and allow the reader to actually understand the woman’s situation. While reading the story, the reader learns that this story is told through a diary the woman used to vent. After being left alone in that awful room, the woman is very bored and lonely, so she decides to write in it. At the beginning of the story, the woman is prescribed a “cure” for her “problems.” The woman’s husband wanted to make sure that his wife only rested and did nothing else because he thought would involve brainpower.
Koly, being a girl, is prevented from getting educated and has been given to a sick boy in the name of marriage. After becoming a widow, she undergoes many misfortunes which indeed hinder her empowerment. Whelan, the American writer who has been inspired to write an Indian story, recommends remarriage and education for women like Koly who have lost their husbands at a very early age. Keywords: Marriage, Education, Religion, Child Marriage, Dowry, Widowhood, Remarriage
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” follows an unnamed woman as she struggles with an unspecified mental illness. The narrator and her husband, John, temporarily move to a colonial mansion. While there, the narrator becomes increasingly more obsessed with the yellow wallpaper that covers her bedroom. This obsession increasingly grows until she eventually breaks down at the end of the story. However, while the narrator is struggling with her mental illness, John brushes it off, continually saying that nothing is wrong with the narrator.
Throughout the whole semester we have read novels and poems in which characters were escaping the reality by creating the imaginary world. Each character has a different story and a different reason to do that. In the novel “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman, the main character, who is also the narrator of the story, is a young woman, who 's suffering from what in modern days is known as postpartum depression but back than was diagnosed as hysteria. Due to her illness her husband John, who is a physician, moves the whole family to a colonial mansion, and lock her up in what might have been an attic and described by her “big airy room (…) , with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore.”1 Because of the fact she is locked in the room, and her husband busy with work, is gone all day, she has not much to do and after getting bored of looking through the window she starts to discover the wallpaper. The further we get to the novel, the more often the descriptions of the wallpaper appear, and they get more detailed – she becomes obsessed with it “I 'm getting really fond of the room in spite of the wallpaper.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is her best-known and important 19th century short-story dealing with the subject of madness. The story is believed to have been inspired from the real life experience of Gilman who suffered a severe depression during her decade-long marriage and “underwent a series of unusual treatments for it”. She was refused to perform any intellectual actions by her specialist Dr. S. Weir Mitchell and prescribed a complete bed rest “rest cure” for several weeks. She was prevented from pursuing her ambition as a writer and suggested to “live as domestic life as far as possible”, making her sick more than ever. Her sufferings, depression, mental trauma, and oppression, find its full eloquence in this very story where she uses madness as an agency to give voice to her mental sufferings and rebellion against the women oppression.
Fights and arguments continued to plague the relationship between Sanchez and Buchholz and on July 20, she left him and descended into crisis. Emotional distress often exacerbates postpartum depression and Sanchez soon found herself in the emergency room at Metropolitan Methodist, asking for help. During this visit, Sanchez met with a counselor at the clinic that ushered her through her pregnancy. Upon speaking with the counselor, she stated that she had delusional, paranoid thoughts that other women were trying to breastfeed her baby and hearing voices which said that others would like to take her baby away. She also reported visual images of other children’s faces transposed on her baby’s face.
Most of the family was infected with the disease including Joe. Being infected with the disease left Joe in the hospital a whole year. Ethel and Galen was a couple that came to help take care of the younger children when their mother passed and when their older brother Lawrence was drafted. The children’s mother did not like the wife; Ethel. Henrietta often referred to her as “that hateful woman.” Everyone in the family also felt she was jealous of Henrietta.
Few years later Bessie started feeling sick. Bessie went to the hospital and found out she had aids and was pregnant again. Bessie told Christopher she was pregnant and he fainted. When Christopher came back he said you can’t be pregnant because I’m married and I have 2 kids back at home already. Bessie started living in depression after Christopher wanted nothing to do with her and Bessie threaten to tell his wife.
Children at the same age as Perry, 13, will one day be in a home where they have to survive on their own, then the next they are in an orphanage. The mother of Perry Smith passed away soon after she left his father. The battle she fought was an enthusiastic battle with alcohol, the next day she lost and choked on her own vomit, this was probably the worst experience of Perry Smith’s life. When Perry Smith’s mother died, when she left the children, they moved into a Catholic orphanage where Perry got beaten for wetting the bed. The author, Capote seems to achieve a feeling of sympathy for Perry Smith, because his childhood was a series of unfortunate events.