It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop,” a quote Confucius once wrote. The meaning behind this quote is found within Sylvia Plath’s award winning novel, The Bell Jar. The main character within Plath’s novel is on a journey to find herself and heal her mind,. Esther Greenwood suffers from a mental illness, depression, and is struggling to find “happiness. Symbolism is heavily used throughout Plath’s novel to emphasize a greater meaning behind Esther’s mental illness.
The woman suffers from what nervous depression. However, she feels uncomfortable living in the house. She was attached with the pattern of the wall, and told herself that there’s a woman behind the walls. It took her time but she still overcomes her problems. John Nash suffered extremely from his time as a Mathematics student in graduate school at Princeton to his Nobel Prize win, due to his mental illness.
“It is not my intention to give away the plot; but I think I die at the end” (Edson 6). Margaret Edson, throughout her play Wit, compares ways of viewing the world through the eyes of Dr. Vivian Bearing, a middle-aged professor of seventeenth-century poetry at the university. Recently diagnosed with stage four metastatic ovarian cancer, she undergoes treatment at a major research hospital and knows the prognosis is not good. Over the course of the play, Vivian takes the audience to various scenes in the past and present that illuminate her achievements in the world of scholarship and show what happens to her as she is treated with aggressive chemotherapy for eight months. As one might expect, her outlook on life and death, heavily influenced by the works of John Donne, change as the treatment progresses.
Through Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen’s work “Remembering Anna O, a century of Mystification and Hitchcock’s A Shadow of Doubt, the human mind is explored through the truth behind the madness behind opening paths into the unconscious. The case of Anna O, is about a young woman who dealt with hysteria. Her case has acted as the base of psychoanalytic theories and practices. Anna O was described as a twenty-one year old girl, with high intelligence, who started to develop signs of illness while she was nursing her father who died of tubercular abscess, which lasted over two years. First she started by having a cough, then developed physical and psychological disruptions
She spent her time as a teenager trying to control her harsh temper as to not hurt the ones she loves. The author depicts this internal struggle when Jo goes to her mother for help saying, “It’s my dreadful temper! I try to cure it; I think I have and then it breaks out worse than ever” (Alcott 100). As the story progresses, both her and her mother notice improvements and are quite proud. Later in the story she fights with Laurie on the grounds that at this point in her life, she is independent and feels as if she doesn’t need or want love whatsoever.
“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.
Amber lives in her smoke free home with her boyfriend and two dogs. She has been diagnosed with Vigitlio and is being treated for this condition by Dr. Harris at the University Medical Center in Worcester. Amber was told due to this condition is the reason why she suffers with neuropathy, arthritis, bursitis and fibraliga. This disease is progressive and her condition will worsen over time, which brings on muscle weakness and difficulty with coordination. Amber is self conscious of her condition which has brought on a social anxiety and depression.
In the play Trifles, Susan Glaspell demonstrates the injustice towards women and their very basic fundamental rights, this brings the patience of a few women to a tipping point and initiates the birth of a buried movement after centuries of reticence, during the early twentieth century in North America. It is this common memory and experiences among women, which motivated few women to rise up against the male dominated Justice System, which eventually wakes up the rest of the women in the society through time. However, ironically, this movement is accomplished in a secret way and in silence against the male dominated justice system of America, because silence itself is a very powerful tool for women; in other words concealing of knowledge helps
In ‘Morning in the burned house’, she says that nothing remains here as everything has been damaged by fire and smoke. As she says: “No one else is around where have they gone to, brother and sister, mother and father?” (Morning in the burned house) In ‘Flowers’, the speaker feels pity and sad for her dying father. The speaker realizes that one day she will also die as man is mortal and death is common to all. As she says in the concluding
Spellbound follows a female psychiatrist named Dr. Constance Peterson at a mental hospital who is considered by her fellow doctors as one of the best. When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a that hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, he begins to behave very strangely, and soon Constance discovers that he is not who he claims to be. He is actually an impostor, suffering from a serious case of amnesia. His real name is John Ballantyne, and all of the circumstantial evidence indicates that he was the patient of the missing Dr. Edwardes and maybe he is the murderer. Constance and John fall in love, and she is convinced that her lover is innocent.
Elyn Saks is a very accomplished woman. She has managed to become a published author and an esteemed college professor while suffering from schizophrenia. Her book, The Center Cannot Hold discusses her life as she fought and eventually managed her mental illness. Saks lived a normal childhood with caring parents, but she does recall having several phobias and obsessions when she was younger that were not healthy or normal in their longevity. As Saks matured, her schizophrenic episodes worsened.
A few weeks later, she began teaching it to her students. Teaching rhetoric, logic, algebra, and chemistry among other studies, Catharine found the books to be unsuitable to teach her students the way she desired and instead began to write her own. Even more groundbreaking, Catharine taught calisthenics to teach women proper physical education because she believed society’s view imposed poor views of health by promoting fragility, tight corsets, and poor diets. Even though Catharine advocated proper health, she had numerous nervous collapses and was treated in sanitariums frequently in her life. Catharine authored multiple treatises and books, including, A Treatise on Domestic Economy, The American Woman’s Home, The Moral Instructor for Schools and Families: Containing Lessons on the Duties of Life, and The Duty of American Women to Their Country.
Postpartum Depression Created a Human Activist Postnatal depression, commonly known as postpartum depression, is a clinical depression which can affect women after giving childbirth. Women continuously suffer from the disease without receiving any type of treatments and attempt to cure themselves. Having someone share their own experiences through writing can support one during the therapeutic process and hopefully make the recovering course less painful. The short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, is an embellishment of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s personal experience after giving birth to her daughter Katherine. Charlotte Gilman’s intentions were to illustrate the impact of the Rest Cure her nerve specialist prescribed for her and had the hopes