The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a short story set in the 1890s about a female narrator who struggles with postpartum depression. She moves into a home for the summer with her husband, John. Since she has this sickness, John forbids her from doing any sort of activities other than some houes work. If she was doing anything, her husband would want her to rest to help with her illness. This was a common "cure" known at the rest cure back then.
Marshal Brooks Simmons Book Review 1 September 29, 2016 Kensinger: ENG A213 A Book Review of Sherwin Nuland: The Doctors’ Plague Written by Marshal Brooks Simmons In the book The Doctor’s plague, author Sherwin Nuland writes about a physician assistant in the 1840’s figured about germ theory after a long line of unexplained and misdiagnosed deaths of pregnant women and his friend. Ignac Semmelweis practiced at Allgemeine Krankenhaus where he found that puerperal fever was transmitted from doctors coming from preforming autopsies to women in labor. He was able to prove that the doctors had trace amounts of the previous dead patients on their hands. Semmelweis said it was dirty doctors and medical staff that were spreading the disease.
This quote is showing growth with Mattie’s maturity since the beginning of the novel. It also is showing that even though Mother is violently ill, she wants Mattie to leave so she would not become infected, Mattie still stays with her mother for the night to help her through the awful sickness. Many people thought in 1793, the fever was contagious from person to person. We know today, that mosquitoes transmit the disease to humans, not human to human. Anderson also uses description to show how the characters put others before themselves.
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator is suffering from postpartum depression. The narrator 's husband John, who also happens to be her physician, prescribes the rest cure to help lift his wife of her depressive state and ultimately heal her depression. However, the rest cure does not allow the narrator to experience any mental stimulation. Therefore, to manage her boredom the narrator begins obsessing over the pattern of the yellow wallpaper. After analyzing the pattern for awhile, the narrator witnesses a woman trapped behind bars.
(MIP-3) After reading this book the author has taught me that PTSD is a serious real world issue. (SIP-A) The change in Najmah’s behavior showed me what it is like to have PTSD as a child. (STEWE-1) Akhtar and Khalida are helping Najmah, but she is still in shock from the bombing. It says, “But I feel as if my tongue has been locked inside my mouth since the moment I saw my mother airing the quilts just before the bombs fell. I try to communicate, but although the words form inside my head, my tongue and lips will not cooperate” (Staples 88).
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Jane suffers from postpartum depression. Her husband John, who is a doctor, decides to exile her to a room with pale yellow walls. Overtime, Jane begins to obsess over the wall and its features. She mentions, “The patterns, the yellow, the slight coat of dust, and the roughness of the yellow wallpaper.” Jane becomes completely infatuated. She begins to spend all of her time touching, watching, and talking about the wall.
Including certain time periods like: The Plague which helped the europeans improve medication to be able to heal people. I learned great deal of interesting facts during this essay. During the Elizabethan time period people mostly believed in spiritual healing and not drugs. I enjoyed learning about spiritual healers and how people were treated during the plague. Not only did people suffer from the symptoms of the plague,but they also suffered from being split from their family and friends.
It’s a way for them to deal with their suffering, See, they write their prayers on scraps of paper and tuck them in the wall’” (97). To explain, the comparison of May’s wall to the Wailing Wall displays her magnified sensitivity to pain unconnected to her personal life. After the death of her twin, May experienced the sorrows of others more intensely, as if they were her own. At the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, it is a tradition to place a note containing prayers in the wall. Replicating the tradition, May adopted this method of coping with her suffering.
Verta Taylor discusses the sociological aspect of mental illness, which can connect to postpartum depression. The speaker, along with millions of other new mothers, suffers from the illness and have had no way of expressing their emotions without being ridiculed for what they are feeling until recently when it has become more researched and accepted as an illness and not as
Patronized Depression Could it be that the cause of sin and madness is due to the limitation of the human mind? In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman tells the story of a young women who tends to distract herself by trying to free the lady inside the wall. However, this figure might not only be the thing Jane or the narrator might want to free, as she is clinically depressed, and is constantly being patronized by John her husband, who seems to limit Jane’s interaction with other people and her personal diary. The Yellow wallpaper is seen as a way to escape her depression. In this story the role of Jane is limited due to her “Condition,” and her ability to express herself.